Xcode 10: Create Global Git Ignore File

January 7th, 2019

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Xcode 10 lets you create a global .gitignore file so you don’t have to create a .gitignore file for each project you create. Go to Xcode’s Source Control Preferences and click the Git button in the preferences window. You most likely have an empty list of ignored files. Click the Add button to add files […]


Xcode 10: Improved Bitbucket and GitLab support

September 20th, 2018

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Xcode 10 improves version control support for Bitbucket and GitLab. You can add your Bitbucket and GitLab accounts to Xcode from Xcode’s Accounts preferences. Click the Add button to add an account. A sheet opens. Choose Bitbucket Cloud to add your Bitbucket account. Choose GitLab.com to add your GitLab account. Starting in Xcode 10 you […]


Git Detached Head

March 27th, 2018

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I’ve recently seen multiple questions online from people having problems committing to git because the git repository had a detached head. This article answers the most common questions about detached heads. What Is a Detached Head? A detached head in a git repository occurs when the repository has no current branch. Why Is a Detached […]


Going Back to a Previous Git Commit in Xcode

March 12th, 2018

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Something that can happen to you when using version control is you commit a change to the version control repository, realize you made a mistake, and want to go back to an earlier commit. How do you do this in Xcode? Xcode provides no direct way to go back to an earlier commit. What you […]


Ignoring Files That Are Already in a Git Repository

March 5th, 2018

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In a previous post, I showed how to tell git to ignore files in Xcode projects. But what do you do if you want to ignore a file that git is currently tracking? Remove the file from the git repository. Add the file you want to ignore to the git ignore file. If you don’t […]