How do I create a folder in a GitHub repository?

Question:

I want to create a folder in a GitHub repository and want to add files in that folder. How do I achieve this?

Answer:

You cannot create an empty folder and then add files to that folder, but rather creation of a folder must happen together with adding of at least a single file. This is because git doesn’t track empty folders.

On GitHub you can do it this way:

  • Go to the folder inside which you want to create another folder
  • Click on New file
  • On the text field for the file name, first write the folder name you want to create
  • Then type /. This creates a folder
  • You can add more folders similarly
  • Finally, give the new file a name (for example, .gitkeep which is conventionally used to make Git track otherwise empty folders; it is not a Git feature though)
  • Finally, click Commit new file.

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