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Deleting files on GitHub

You know all those files you’ve been creating, editing, moving, and renaming? Well, you’ll be glad to know that you can now remove them using the web-based interface too! Simply view any file in your repository, click the delete button at the top, and commit the removal just like any other web-based edit.

Delete a file using GitHub

Commit removal of a file using GitHub

And just like that, :kissing::dash:, it’s gone.

For help with these features, be sure to read our help articles on creating, moving, renaming, and deleting files.


Note: Since it’s a version control system, Git always has your back if you need to recover the file later. If you really, really need to completely delete a file from a repository for some reason, say a secret key or other sensitive file that was accidentally commited, you may need to consider :skull::fire:the nuclear option:fire::skull:.

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