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Published Nov 4, 2021Updated Mar 5, 2022
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In Git, the status command shows the state of the working directory, staging area, and which files are untracked (names shown in red and not staged) or tracked (shown in green and staged). The tracked files, shown in green, are found in the staging area and will be saved with the next commit.


Below is a short example of how the git status command works. Assuming a change was saved in a text file, example.txt, running git status will show that:

$ git status
On branch main
No commits yet
Untracked files:
(use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)
nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)

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