File Manager Cpanel Tutorial describes you how to use file manager in your cPanel.

Step-1: First Login to cPanel.

Step-2:  Type “File Manager” on Search Panel

At the top of your cPanel dashboard, you can see search option.

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Step-3: Click File Manager Options

Step-4: Your File Manager will open

Your File Manager will look like this:

1. Settings: Click on the settings will open a popup like this

  • 1. Home Directory – Enabling it will show your home directory like this: /home/username/…
  • 2. Web Root – Enabling this will show only web root. Your Public Html files is the main directory of your website.
  • 3. Public FTP – This option shows your public ftp directory.
  • 4. Document Root – You can select your website by choosing a website (if you have more than one website). You can see the website directory only.
  • 5. Show Hidden Files – This will show all hidden files on your directory. Remember, accessing hidden files or changing may caused your website down! We recommend don’t check this.
  • Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs – When you edit or change some files it will ask you every time to verify encoding. This option will enable or disable this.

2. Home Directory: Your Home directory look like this: home/YourUsername/. This is your main directory. Your all files and work will save under this directory.

3. Public Html: public_html is the main directory of your website. Your all web files and works will save on this directory.

4. Tmp FIle: tmp files are the temporary files. All your temporary files will save on this directory. You may clean this to reduce your web loads.

Edit A File on File Manager cPanel

To edit a file on file manager first select a file (like index.php).

Now look at the options and know its work:

  • 1. +File: This options will add a new file. When you click on it, it will open a blank file. You can add some code and save it with proper extension (like .html, .php etc).
  • 2. +Folder: This option will create a new folder on the directory.
  • 3. Copy: You can copy selecting file or folder to another directory.
  • 4. Move: You can move selecting file or folder to another directory or folder.
  • 5. Upload: You can upload a file on this folder or directory using this.
  • 6. Download: You can download selecting file.
  • 7. Delete: To delete a file or folder use the option.
  • 8. Restore: To restore a deleted file or folder use this option immediately after delete.
  • 9. Rename: To rename a file or folder use this option.
  • 10. Edit: To use a file use this option. This will open a new tab and open the file.
  • 11. Code Editor: If you want to edit code files like html or php etc you can use this option.
  • 12. HTML Editor: This option is specially for editing html files.
  • 13. Permissions: You can setup the file permissions using this. You can set read, write and execute for the user, group and the world.
  • 14. View: You can view a file with this option. You cannot edit or change.
  • 15. Extract: If you upload zip file then you can extract the file using this.
  • 16. Compress: You can compress any file or folder to zip archive using this option.
  • 17. Home: Clicking on this button will take you the home directory.
  • 18. Up One Level: You can up one level using this option. Suppose your directory is home/dir1/dir2/dir3 and this button will move you to dir2.
  • 19. Back: This button will move your back directory.
  • 20. Forward: This will take you to next directory, where you leave.
  • 21. Reload: This will reload or refresh the directory.
  • 22. Select All: This will select all files and folders of current directory.
  • 23. Unselect All: To unselect the selected files and folders click this.
  • 24. View Trash: To see your trash files click this.
  • 25. Empty Trash: To delete all your trash files click this.

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