joe generates .gitignore files from the command line for you.

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pip install joe==0.0.7



A .gitignore magician in your command line. Joe generates .gitignore files from the command line for you.


  • Written in uncomplicated Go (Golang)
  • No installation necessary - just use the binary.
  • Stupidly easy to use
  • Supports all Github-supported .gitignore files
  • Works on Mac, Linux and (maybe) Windows
  • Supports other version control systems (.hgignore)


After install, make sure to run joe u. This will download all .gitignore files in ~/joe-data/ folder.

Option 1: Binary

joe is available for OSX (macOS), Linux and Windows.

Download the latest binary from the Releases page. It's the easiest way to get started with joe.

Make sure to add the location of the binary to your $PATH.

Option 2: From source

$ git clone
$ cd joe/
$ chmod +x
$ ./ build



ls | list       list all available files
u | update      update all available gitignore files
g | generate    generate gitignore files

Basic usage

$ joe g java    # outputs .gitignore file for java to stdout

To update your .gitignore files at any time, simply run:

$ joe u

Overwrite existing .gitignore file

$ joe g java > .gitignore    # saves a new .gitignore file for java

Append to existing .gitignore file

$ joe g java >> .gitignore    # appends to an existing .gitignore file

Multiple languages

$ joe g java,node,osx > .gitignore    # saves a new .gitignore file for multiple languages

Create and append to a global .gitignore file

You can also use joe to append to a global .gitignore. These can be helpful when you want to ignore files generated by an IDE, OS, or otherwise.

$ git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore # Optional if you have not yet created a global .gitignore
$ joe g OSX,SublimeText >> ~/.gitignore

List all available files

$ joe ls    # OR `joe list`


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BONUS ROUND: Alternate version control software

Joe isn't just a generator for .gitignore files. You can use it and its output wherever a SCM is used.

$ joe g java > .hgignore


Bug Reports & Feature Requests

Please use the issue tracker to report any bugs or file feature requests.


PRs are welcome. To begin developing, do this:

$ git clone
$ cd joe/
$ go run *.go

This is a handy script that automates a lot of developing steps.

    $ $tool [-h|--help] COMMAND

    $ $tool deps      Install dependencies for joe
    $ $tool build     Build a binary
    $ $tool run       Build and run the binary