How to remove node_modules from github or bitbucket

In this post, we will see how to remove node_modules folder from our repo in Github and bitbucket.

If you have accidentally pushed your node_modules folder to a remote repository on git, then deleting it locally before your next push, will not delete the folder from the remote repo on Github.

So how can we remove it?

To remove it we have to follow these steps:

  1. Create a .gitignore file
  2. Remove the node_modules folder
  3. Commit all change to github or bitbucket

Let’s follow each step in detail

1. Create a .gitignore file

First, check in your project’s root folder if you have a .gitignore file.

If you don’t, you have to create a .gitignore file in the root directory.

touch .gitignore

2. Remove the node_modules folder

Next, we have to add the node_modules folder in the .gitignore file.

Open the .gitignore file and add the following line in the file.


Now, remove/delete the node_modules folder from the project folder. To do that, run this command

git rm -r --cached node_modules

Or you can run this too

git rm -r --cached .

3. Commit all changes to git

Now, you can commit the local repository to git without the node_modules folder.

git add .
git commit -m "remove node module folder"

Then push the code to your remote branch

git push origin master

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