GitUsing a .gitattributes file

Disable Line Ending Normalization

Create a .gitattributes file in the project root containing:

* -text

This is equivalent to setting core.autocrlf = false.

Automatic Line Ending Normalization

Create a .gitattributes file in the project root containing:

* text=auto

This will result in all text files (as identified by Git) being committed with LF, but checked out according to the host operating system default.

This is equivalent to the recommended core.autocrlf defaults of:

  • input on Linux/macOS
  • true on Windows

Identify Binary Files

Git is pretty good at identifying binary files, but you can explicitly specify which files are binary. Create a .gitattributes file in the project root containing:

*.png binary

binary is a built-in macro attribute equivalent to -diff -merge -text.

Prefilled .gitattribute Templates

If you are unsure which rules to list in your .gitattributes file, or you just want to add generally accepted attributes to your project, you can shoose or generate a .gitattributes file at: