sajad torkamani

In a nutshell

The index is your staging area, containing all the files that have been staged from your working tree using git add <some-file>.

Where does the index fit in the Git workflow?

  • You make a change.
  • You stage the change to the index (git add <file>).
  • You commit changes in your staging area to your local repo (git commit)
  • You push the changes from your local repo to the remote repo (git push)

Other notes

More specifically, the index is a single, large, binary file in <repo>/.git/index that lists all the files in the current branch and their:

  • SHA1 checksums
  • Timestamps
  • Filename


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