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How to add or remove a git submodule?

While a git sub module could be added with a single line command such as:

git submodule add https://github.com/UrlToRepository.git foldernameofrepository

it can be cumbersome to remove a submodule. There are various steps involved such as given in the next paragraph.

To remove a submodule you need to:

  1. Delete the relevant section from the .gitmodules file.
  2. Stage the .gitmodules changes git add .gitmodules
  3. Delete the relevant section from .git/config.
  4. Run git rm --cached path_to_submodule (no trailing slash).
  5. Run rm -rf .git/modules/path_to_submodule
  6. Commit git commit -m "Removed submodule <name>"
  7. Delete the now untracked submodule files
    rm -rf path_to_submodule

To update all submodule within a repository one would do:

git submodule foreach git pull origin master

Taken from Stackoverflow page https://goo.gl/RVfc1q, answered by John Douthat