File Manager Tutorial

Learn how to use the File Manager tool in cPanel

The File Manager allows you to manage your site through HTTP rather than an FTP tool or other third-party application. You can upload, create or delete files, organize files in folders and change file permissions. While not as sophisticated as most FTP tools, File Manager gives you all the basic functionality necessary to manage your site.

How to access the File Manager

To access the File Manager click on the corresponding icon in the Files section of your cPanel.

Then you will be able to pick the directory for which to open File Manager. You can also enable the "Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)" option in order to be able to see files that start with a dot (.), for example - .htaccess.

When you click the Go button, the actual tool opens up.

Creating a new folder

Folders are a very useful way of adding an organization and a structure to your account. They make the maintenance of the site much easier. You can easily list the files in every folder. To create a folder, click on the New Folder button.

A popup will appear in which you can give the new folder a name and its desired location. Once you input that information, click the Create New Folder button.

The new folder will appear in the chosen location.

Uploading files in File Manager

You can start uploading files through File Manager by clicking on the Upload button.

A new page will open with which you can upload new files to your account. On that page you can see the location of the newly uploaded files and can set the desired permissions for the uploaded files. By pressing the Browse button you can select the files from your local computer to upload to your account.

Creating a new file

For small files it can be easier to create them directly on your account, rather than on your home computer. To create a new file, press the New File button.

A popup will appear in which you can give the new file a name and its desired location. Once you input that information, click the Create New File button.

The new file will appear in the chosen location.

Editing a file

Editing an existing file through the File Manager allows you to make immediate changes to your web site without having to upload a new version of the file. This is useful for small changes but would be inefficient for large alterations. To edit a file from your hosting account, left click the file name and then the Edit button.

A popup will appear asking you to specify the file encoding. The File Manager tool automatically detects the encoding of the file, so you could click the Disable Encoding Check button if you want to disable the popup from showing every time.

A new page will open in which you can edit the file. At the top of the page you can see the full path to the file, the file encoding and Close and Save buttons.

Extracting/Compressing a file

You can extract an archive by left clicking its name and then clicking on the Extract button.

You can also create your own archives. Select the files and folders which you want to include in the archive, click the Compress button and then Compress File(s).

Move/Copy a file

To move or copy a file to a different location on your account, you can use the Move and Copy buttons.