How Can I Git Stash a Specific File?

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To stash a specific file in Git, you can use the git stash push command with the path to the file you want to stash. Here's how to do it:

git stash push -- <path-to-file>

Replace <path-to-file> with the path to the file you want to stash.

For example, if you want to stash changes to a file named example.txt, you would run:

git stash push -- example.txt

This command stashes the changes to the specified file, removing them from the working directory and staging area, but keeping them in the stash for later retrieval.


  • Stashing a specific file is useful when you only want to temporarily remove changes to that file from your working directory without stashing changes to other files.
  • You can stash multiple files by providing multiple <path-to-file> arguments.
  • To retrieve the stashed changes later, you can use git stash apply or git stash pop.
  • Stashed changes can also be referred to using a stash index, which you can find using git stash list.
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