.gitignore for replit?

is there a .gitignore like feature for forking?
basically, I am making a chatting website and i have a list of banned IPs, i know I can just use an env var but that’s much more of a pain in the ass than adding an extra comma and a IP address wrapped in quotes at the end of a python var, basically, all I’m asking is if there is a file or a setting for your repl that keeps certain files or folders from being copied on project fork


Hi, @gabrielzv1233! Some people have found ways to stop people from copying a Real entirely, and it is possible that they could assist you in making it specific to a certain file.
Here’s a link to the discussion.


well i dont want that, im fine with it being forked, but i just dont want ppl to get the sensitive info on that project

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If you need have sensitive information in your Repl, I would suggest storing this sensitive information in a secret, if you haven’t already. Secrets are not visible to people who run your Repl and are deleted on fork.

If I may ask, what language are you programming this in?


python here is my project GitHub - gabrielzv1233/msgr: a simple messaging platform with an API


the problem with using vars, is that i need to store multiple IPs and dont want to have to check each env var


you can store a comma seperated list as env var and parse that in your code


oh ok ill try that later


well actually another problem with that is that it uses a dictionary to allow showing a reason why thay are banned it looks like this

    "": "spamming"

If you do not want the BANNED_IPS dict to be available to the user upon fork, either store it replitDB or Replit secrets.


I can’t use repl DB because I want to allow people to host it on other platforms with no struggle, and I can’t use env vars because it’s a dictionary and it has to be multi line dose it not?


Also I have somthing that logged every time someone says the n word or other certain words and it shows they’re IP allowing me to decide if I need to ban them without having to be online to catch the loggs

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store the json as string in your secret, and parse it within python.

That could work, but I thot python couldn’t save/create secrets? If they do how would you go about doing that?


Hi @gabrielzv1233 !
You can go to the Secrets tab under Tools, found at the bottom-left of the editor.

.gitignore Replit Implementation

Welcome to the Replit Forum!

While Replit doesn’t have a built-in .gitignore-like feature for forking projects, you can achieve something similar. Imagine you’re building a chatting website and want to exclude a list of banned IPs without the hassle of environment variables.

Here’s a neat workaround:

  1. First, manually create a .gitignore file in your Replit project. In that file, list the IPs or patterns you want to exclude:

    # Ignore banned IPs
  2. Next, initialize a Git repository in your project’s terminal:

    cd /path/to/your/replit/project
    git init
  3. Add and commit your .gitignore file:

    git add .gitignore
    git commit -m "Exclude banned IPs"
  4. Create a GitHub repository for your project and link it to Replit:

    • Visit GitHub and set up a new repository.
    • In your Replit terminal, add the GitHub repo as a remote and push your project.
    git remote add origin https://github.com/yourusername/your-repo.git
    git branch -M main  # Use your default branch name if different
    git push -u origin main

Now, the beauty of this setup is that the IPs listed in your .gitignore won’t be tracked by Git, so they won’t end up in your GitHub repo. It’s a clever way to manage those banned IPs without dealing with environment variables.

Give it a try, and your chatting website project should stay clean and secure! :smile:

Hope this helps!

Alright, but than is there a way to disable my repl from being forked on replit, and only allow GitHub forlking

Only if you make the Repl private. There’s no other way to do that.

you could fall back to shelve if not on a repl

from replit import db
from atexit import register

if not db:
   import shelve
   db = shelve.open("file.db", "c")
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Pushing fork from Github

You can control who can fork your project by making GitHub your primary code repository. Here’s how:

Step 1: Create a private GitHub repository for your project. This gives you control over who can access and fork your code. You can invite collaborators to your GitHub repository and manage their permissions.

Step 2: Push your code from Replit to your GitHub repository using Git, as you’ve already done:

git remote add origin https://github.com/yourusername/your-repo.git
git branch -M main  # Use your default branch name here if its different
git push -u origin main

Step 3: While Replit doesn’t have a specific ‘disable forking’ feature, you can make your Replit project private. This restricts access to only those you invite. To make your Replit project private, click on your project name in the top left corner, select ‘Settings,’ and under ‘Privacy,’ choose ‘Private.’

This will allow you control access to your Replit project, but please note that it won’t prevent individuals from forking your GitHub repository if they have access.