Remove File from Latest Commit

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To remove a file from the latest commit in Git, you can use the git reset command in combination with the --soft option and HEAD^ reference to reset the commit to the previous state while keeping the changes staged in the working directory. Then, you can unstage the file and commit the changes again. Here's how:

# Reset the latest commit while keeping the changes staged
git reset --soft HEAD^

# Unstage the file you want to remove
git reset HEAD <file-to-remove>

# Commit the changes again
git commit -m "Updated commit message"

Replace <file-to-remove> with the path to the file you want to remove from the latest commit.


  • Be cautious when rewriting commit history, especially if the commit has already been pushed to a remote repository. If the commit has been shared with others, it's generally not recommended to rewrite its history.
  • After performing these commands, you'll have a modified commit history, and you'll need to force-push (git push --force) the changes to update the remote repository if necessary.
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