How to remove local (untracked) files from the current Git working tree?

Step 1 is to show what will be deleted by using the -n option:

git clean -n

Clean Step - beware: this will delete files:

git clean -f
  • To remove directories, run git clean -f -d or git clean -fd
  • To remove ignored files, run git clean -f -X or git clean -fX
  • To remove ignored and non-ignored files, run git clean -f -x or git clean -fx

Note the case difference on the X for the two latter commands.

If clean.requireForce is set to "true" (the default) in your configuration, one needs to specify -f otherwise nothing will actually happen.