If you are using Git as your version control system, you need a .gitignore file to keep all of those user specific files out of Git like the bin/obj directories. You could manually create and configure the .gitignore file but why do it yourself when others have already done it for you. A quick search and you will run across the gitignore repo where you could download a premade file but what about if you had a tool to do this for you?
This is where .NET CLI Global Tool dotnet-ignore comes into play. This tool allow you to easily see a list of preconfigured .gitignore files from this repo and then download the one you need.
The first thing you need to do is install the dotnet-ignore tool:
dotnet tool install -g dotnet-ignore
Now that it is installed you can see the available commands by viewing the help:
You will notice that there are two commands available: get and list.
When you run the
list command it will show you all of the available .gitignore file
Once you find the one that you need in the list, you will run the
get command to download it by using the
-n parameter to specify the name.
dotnet-ignore get -n "Git Ignore Name"
To download the Visual Studio .gitignore file run
dotnet-ignore get -n visualstudio.gitignore
By default the .gitignore file is placed into the directory that the command is run from. If you want it in a different directory use the
Just like that you have your .gitignore file. Way better than manually searching for it and downloading it.