All about the cPanel File Manager
Posted by Innerplanet Management on 22 November 2014 01:26 AM



The File Manager interface allows cPanel users to manage and edit their files.

The File Manager Directory Selection window

When you open the File Manager interface, perform the following steps:

  1. The File Manager Directory Selection window will appear. Select which of the four main directories you wish to view in the file window:
    • Home Directory (/home/user)
    • Web Root (/public_html/www)
    • Public FTP Root (/public_ftp)
    • Document Root (/public_html)
  2. If you wish to see hidden files, select the Show Hidden Files checkbox.
  3. If you do not wish to see the File Manager Directory Selection window again, select the Skip this question checkbox.
  4. Click Go.

The File Manager interface opens in a new browser window. The selected directory will display in the file window.

The File Manager toolbar

The File Manager toolbar shows the following functions to manage your files:

New File Creates a new file with a user-defined file extension.
New Folder Creates a new folder in the current directory.
Copy Copies selected items to a user-specified directory.
Move File Moves the selected files to a new directory.
Upload Uploads files to the selected directory.
Download Downloads selected files to your computer.
Delete Deletes selected files from the server.
Rename Renames the selected file or folder.
Edit Opens the selected files in a text editor.
Code Editor Opens the selected files in a code editor.
HTML Editor

Opens the selected HTML file in a visual HTML editor.


To learn more about the editor's functions, visit our  HTML Editor documentation.

Change Permissions Changes the read, write, and execute permissions for selected files.
View Opens the selected file so that you can view the code.
Extract Extracts the selected *.zip*.Gz, or *.Bz2 archive and stores the files in a directory.
Compress Compresses the selected files to a single *.zip*.Gz, or *.Bz2 archive and stores the compressed file in a specified directory.


Select a directory

You can use the file tree or the location text box to navigate your files and folders.

There are several ways you can use the file tree (located to the left of the file window) to browse your files:

  • Click on the name of the folder you wish to view
  • Click on the  next to the  icon to view a list of subfolders in that folder.
    • You can click on the  next to an expanded directory to collapse it.


After you expand a list of subfolders, click on the folder name to view the folder's contents.

To use the location text box directly above the file tree, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter the path of the folder you wish to view.
  2. Click Go. The file window will display the contents of the chosen folder.

The file window

The file window displays the contents of the selected directory. If there are no files or folders in the selected folder, the file window will display the message "This directory is empty."

Information about files and subfolders will display in the following columns:

File Icon Files will display an icon that corresponds to the file type. Folders will display the  icon.
Name The filename.
Size The size of the file.
Last Modified The date and time the file was last modified.
Type The media (MIME) type and subtype.
Perms The permissions setting for the file. The default permission setting is 0644.