How Do You Stash an Untracked File?

Better Stack Team
Updated on June 24, 2024

To stash an untracked file in Git, you can use the git stash push command along with the -u or --include-untracked option. Here's how:

git stash push --include-untracked

This command stashes both the changes to tracked files (those that have been modified or staged) and untracked files (those that are not yet staged for commit) in the stash.

Alternatively, if you only want to stash untracked files and ignore any modifications to tracked files, you can use the git stash push command with the -u or --all option:

git stash push --all

This command stashes all changes, including modifications to tracked files and untracked files.


  • By default, git stash push only stashes changes to tracked files (those that have been modified or staged). To stash untracked files, you need to use the -include-untracked or -all option.
  • Stashed untracked files can be retrieved later using git stash apply or git stash pop commands, just like stashed changes to tracked files.
  • Be cautious when stashing untracked files, especially if they contain important or sensitive data. Stashed changes are stored in the stash stack temporarily but can be recovered until they're cleared from the stack.
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