Interface for editing .gitignore files in PHP.

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Interface for editing .gitignore files in PHP

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Basic Usage

In general, you will open a .gitignore file, use the add, before, or after methods to append, or insert some values, and then call the save method to write the result.

Open a file and add a value:

use GitIgnoreWriter\GitIgnoreWriter;

$writer = new GitIgnoreWriter('../.gitignore');

Also supports fluent interface:

(new GitIgnoreWriter('../.gitignore'))
    ->before('setup.php', 'install.php')

Output File

There are multiple ways to read from a source file, make some changes, and write the result to a different output file. The end result is the same, so choose whichever method best fits your use case:

$writer = (new GitIgnoreWriter('.gitignore.example'))
// ...

Or alternately:

$writer = (new GitIgnoreWriter('.gitignore.example'));
// ...

Or using the load() method:

$writer = (new GitIgnoreWriter('.gitignore'))
// ...

Adding and Inserting Values

The add method appends lines starting at the current position in the file, which defaults to the end of the file.


The before and after methods first seek the current position to a given line, and then start inserting lines relative to that position

$writer->before($find, $prependValue);
$writer->after($find, $appendValue);

The add, before and after methods each will accept the values to be inserted in multiple formats:

  • a single-line string
  • a multi-line string
  • an array of strings

More examples:

    # You can write comments

    # blank lines are retained as well


Manually seeking

The rewind, seek and eof methods allow you to manually seek the internal pointer to a specific line in the file. Any subsequent add will insert content relative to that position.

  • rewind: set the pointer to the beginning of the file
  • seek: set the pointer to a specific line number starting at 0
  • eof: set the pointer to append to the end of the file

Deleting Lines

The delete and deleteOffset methods provide ways to remove lines from the file. Note that the remaining lines are renumbered after deletion.

  • delete($value): remove a matching line from the file
  • deleteOffset($offset, $count = 1): delete one or more lines, starting at a specific 0-based line number.



$writer->deleteOffset(5, 2)->save();

Test if a line exists

The exists method returns a boolean to test if a line exists in the file.

$result = $writer->exists('.env');