cPanel File Manager

Updated on Sep 7, 2018

If you are looking for an easy way to manage your account's files and folders without the need to install third party FTP clients such as FileZilla or CuteFTP, the cPanel File Manager is the ideal solution for you.

The cPanel File Manager provides an easy to use fully featured interface accessible via any browser that allows you to perform a wide range of actions on your account hosted data. To access the File Manager, please login into your cPanel and refer to the Files and FTP section.

cpanel file manager

Clicking for the first time on the cPanel File Manager icon will prompt you with a Directory Selection box to choose the desired directory you would like to access.

Directory selector in cpanel

The Home Directory option will lead you to the root directory of your hosting account. If you choose the Web Root option you will be directed to your public_html folder which is the main publicly accessible folder of your account. If you do not want to have this box displayed again in the future, please uncheck the "Always open this directory..." checkbox and click on the Go button.

This will redirect you to the cPanel File Manager interface. On the left side of your screen you will see the directory tree of your hosting account and on the right side will be the content of your current folder. Above the two sections are the available tools to manage your account files and folders.

directory tree in file manager

To view your files located under the public_html directory simply click on the icon on the left. This will reload the content on the right part of the file manager.

The first few icons from file manager navigation menu allows you to create a new file or folder, copy, move or upload a new file on your hosting account. If you would like to download a specific file to your local computer simply click on the file in question and use the Download icon at the top. Following the same steps you can also remove a file or folder of your hosting account by using the Delete icon.

file manager tools

If you would like to edit a file under your account simply click on the file and use the edit tools available. Depending on the file type you can use the simple editor, the code editor or the HTML editor. For simple text files you can use the Edit icon, for PHP files you may use the code editor. In case you would like to edit a simple html page, you may use the HTML editor.

edit file via file manager

If you are looking for a fast way to upload multiply files or a whole folder under your hosting account you may compress it on your local computer and upload the archive using the upload option. When the archive is uploaded under your account click on the newly uploaded file and use the Extract icon from the top to unzip the archive on your hosting account.

In case you would like to generate an archive of an existing folder simply select the folder and click on the Compress icon to generate a new archive.

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