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How do I make a folder?

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So I would like to use Github as a place to store my python programs, and I want them organized while they are here. But I cannot find how to make a folder to keep them sorted, can I have some help?

Jason

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Re: How do I make a folder?

git doesn't have a concept of "folders" by itself. Git tracks files and if a file happens to have a name like `foo/bar/baz.txt`, then when git recreates the repository locally it creates the `foo` folder, the `foo/bar` folder, and then the `baz.txt` file within the `foo/bar` folder.

 

So if you want to create a folder within a repository, you have to create a file within it. One common way people do this is to create an empty file named `.gitkeep` in the directory that they want to exist.

 

To create a folder this way through the GitHub web interface, you would follow the instructions for creating files. When it comes time to name the file, you would enter `foo/bar/.gitkeep`. You'll notice that each time you press the `/` key, the GitHub UI recognizes that you mean to create a folder. Once you finish following the instructions, you'll see that the folders and file exist, like I did on my test repo.

 

I hope that helps!