Naive Git setup, Is it possible to untrack files which are listed on my .gitignore?

I have made a naive mistake while setting up my project. We are 3 developers working on one remote repository. While setting up git we never thought that Xcode would produce non-development files and push them to our remote repo. Now once I learnt after crash and burn I made a .gitignore file.

.gitignore looks like this, please do let me know if I should edit this too. (File credit goes too : This question’s answer given by Abizem)

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    But now question is there any possibilities that I can untrack all of those listed files from our source control?


    Can I list all tracked files with their path and later I know a painful way to remove one by one with,

    git rm --cached 'file path'

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    Something I’ve done a few times in these situations, is move all of the files in the repository somewhere else on the filesystem (except .gitignore), then run:

    git add --all
    git commit -m "Remove all files"

    Then add your files back in and run the following:

    git add --all
    git commit -m "Re-add files"

    This second add & commit will adhere to your gitignore file.

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