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Ignore Template Files

Add an .eleventyignore file to your input directory (or your project root New in v0.7.0) for a new line-separated list of files (or globs) that will not be processed by Eleventy. Paths listed in your project’s .gitignore file are automatically ignored.

Example

Filename .eleventyignore
README.md
_drafts/
secretNunjucksTemplates/anotherFolder/**/*.njk

node_modules Exemption

If you do not have a .gitignore file in your project, the node_modules directory will be ignored automatically. This makes new Eleventy projects a little easier and helps developers new to Eleventy get ramped up easier too.

New in v0.8.4If .gitignore exists but is empty: if you have a .gitignore file and it is empty (or only contains white-space), node_modules will be ignored automatically.

Opt-out of using .gitignore New in v0.3.5

You can disable automatic use of your .gitignore file by using the Configuration API method: eleventyConfig.setUseGitIgnore(false);.

Filename .eleventy.js
module.exports = function(eleventyConfig) {
eleventyConfig.setUseGitIgnore(false);
};

When using .gitignore is disabled, .eleventyignore will be the single source of truth for ignored files. This also means that your node_modules directory will be processed unless otherwise specified in your .eleventyignore file.