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Basic actions in cPanel File Manager
Basic actions in cPanel File Manager

Everything about basic actions in File Manager on cPanel

Updated over a week ago

You can easily find your File Manager by opening your cPanel Files section:

File Manager Bar Buttons

In this section, you can search for specific files in selected directories and also change the settings of your File Manager, such as choose the root directory to open by default when you open File Manager, show hidden files (dotfiles) and disable character encoding verification dialogs.

  1. Home takes you back to the directory designated for your hosting plan, which includes all of your other folders and files, such as public_html. The path for it is /home/your cPanel username.

  2. Up One Level – takes you to the folder above the one you are at the moment according to the directory tree.

  3. Back – takes you back to the directory you were previously.

  4. Forward – takes you back to the directory you just left.

  5. Reload – refreshes the directory you are working on (for when you uploaded/changed files via FTP while File Manager was open and you want to see the changes).

  6. Select All – select all the files within the directory.

  7. Unselect All – unselect all the files within the directory.

  8. View Trash – shows a list of deleted files.

  9. Empty Trash – deletes all files from trash.

Context Menu

The context menu will be activated once a specific file or directory is selected (and the same functions can also be seen by right-clicking):

  1. File – allows you to create a file in the folder you are browsing at the moment.

  2. Folder – lets you create a new directory.

  3. Copy – select this option to duplicate a file or folder to the same or different location. The process is similar to the Move settings.

  4. Move – allows you to transfer the selected file or folder to another directory. To choose the new directory just write down its path and click on Move File(s):

5. Upload – opens a pop-up window that allows you to select a new file to upload (up to 256 MB).

6. Download – it simply downloads the selected file or archive (up to 256 MB).

7. Delete – permanently erases the selected file or folder.

8. Restore restores a file or folder from the trash.

9. Rename – lets you edit the name of a file or folder:

10. Edit – select this option to edit text files.

11. HTML Editor – opens the HTML file in a visual HTML editor.

12. Permissions – specifies authorization with the read, write, or execute file and directory options:

Default permissions for files are 644 or:

  • Owner - Read, Write

  • Group - Read

  • World - Read

Default permissions for folders are 755 or:

  • Owner - Read, Write, Execute

  • Group - Read, Execute

  • World - Read, Execute

13. View – view the content of the file in a new window.

14. Extract – can only be seen when a compressed file is selected, it lets you extract your archive to the desired location:

15. Compress – as its name says, it lets you compress a file or folder into an archived format (compressed archive has to be smaller than 256 MB).

You can choose from three formats:

That’s it! Now you know how to manage your files in our File Manager 😊


  • Make sure your files and folders are placed inside the public_html folder, as it’s a root folder of your website. This way all your website content will be displayed correctly 😊

  • As public_html is your root folder, please do not delete it or any of its parent folders to ensure the website's stable work.

  • Deleting your files is a non-revertible action, so if you accidentally deleted your files, you can restore them via backup.

  • If you want to move website files from one domain to another, check this article.

  • When renaming files make sure to not remove your file extensions (for example file.php to file) - as it might make the file unavailable.

  • When extracting a file, if your specified folder doesn’t exist, it will be created automatically.

  • On File Manager, you can extract archives with a size of less than 256 MB, if your archive is bigger you can extract it via SSH.

  • Also, if compressing files through File Manager doesn’t work or you wish to compress bigger files, you can do that easily via SSH.

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