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gitignore v0.6.0

Automatically fetch gitignore files for any project type from github into your new project


Automatically fetch github's excellent .gitignore files for any of your new projects

Here is the list of available types

Use as a global utility


npm install gitignore -g


To list out all of the available types:

gitignore -types

To create a .gitignore for rails:

gitignore rails

That's it.

Use programmatically as a module


npm install gitignore

and require

var gi = require(`gitignore`);



Gets the types via https request to GitHub.

callback(err, types)

If an error occurred, or the request failed, an Error object is passed as the first parameter. If the types were successfully requested, an array of types is passed as the second parameter with null as the first.

.writeFile(options, callback)

Gets the .gitignore file from GitHub of the specified options.type and stores it in the writable stream at options.file or options.writable.


.type (string) - The type associated with the .gitignore file to be fetched .file, .writable (writable stream) - A writable stream (a file, sdtout, etc) that the results should be written to


If an error occurred or the request did not go through, an error obect is passed as the first parameter. If the request was successful, the first parameter is null or undefined.

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