Using File Manager in cPanel


cPanel organizes all of the files on your account into folders. Use the File Manager interface to manage and edit your files.



Create a new file or folder

  1. Click either + File or + Folder in the File Manager toolbar. 
  2. In the window, enter the new item's name. 
  3. In the New file will be created in text box, enter a new file path if you wish to edit the location in which cPanel will save the item.
  4. Click either Create New File or Create New Folder
  5. To rename a folder or file, click on the item's name and enter the new name in the text box. Click Return to save the new name. You can also click on an item and click Rename

Move items into folders 

  • To move an item into a folder, drag its icon to the new folder. You can also click Move from the toolbar and enter a new path for the selected item.  
  • To move several items into a folder, hold the Shift key while you select the items. Then, drag each item's icon to the folder. 
  • To create a copy of an item, select the item and click Copy. In the Copy window, enter the file path for which you wish to save the item. 



You cannot create a copy of an item within the same folder.


Modify file or folder permissions

To modify a file or folder's permissions, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the file or folder for which you wish to change permissions
  2. From the toolbar, click Permissions. The Change Permissions window will appear. 
  3. Use the checkboxes or text boxes to change the selected item's permissions. The default permission setting is 0644.
  4. Click Change Permissions to save your changes. 


  • When a toolbar action is not available, the function icon displays in gray.
  • You can only use certain File Manager functions with only one file at a time. Select the desired file in the file window before you attempt these actions.
  • Any attempt to rename, edit, or view multiple files at the same time will only affect the first listed file in the directory.

Delete and restore files and folders

To delete a file or folder, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the file or folder that you wish to delete.
  2. From the toolbar, click Delete. The Trash prompt will appear. 
  3. Click Trash File(s) to confirm that you wish to delete the file or folder. 

When you delete files or folders, the system does not permanently delete them, and instead moves them to the Trash folder. Click Empty Trash to permanently delete files or folders.

 To restore a file or folder, perform the following steps:

  1. Click View Trash from the toolbar.
  2. Select the file or folder that you wish to restore.
  3. Click Restore in the toolbar.
  4. Confirm that you wish to restore the item.

Search for an item

The Search tool, located at the top right corner of the interface, allows users to search for a specific file. By default, Search will search all files in the home directory. You can also limit the search to the document root at/home/user/public_html, or to the directory displayed in the file window.

To search for a file, perform the following steps:

  1. Use the Search menu to select the directory to search: All Your Filesonly public_html or Current Directory.
  2. Enter the desired file name in the text box.
  3. Click Go.

A new window displays the filenames that match your search. To go to a folder, or to the containing folder for a file, double-click the desired item in the list. If no files that include your search term exist, you will see the message No records found.

Character encoding verification dialogs

When you edit a file with the EditCode Editor, or HTML Editor features, a window will appear to confirm the file's character encoding. Use the menu to select the correct character encoding for the file. Then, click Edit to continue.

  • Click Toggle Help for more information about how to select the correct character encoding.
  • Click Disable Encoding Check to turn off future encoding verifications.

To enable or disable the Character Encoding Verification Dialogs feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Settings in the top left corner of the interface. A new window will appear.
  2. Enable or disable the Character Encoding Verification Dialogs feature:
    • To enable encoding verification, select the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs checkbox.
    • To disable encoding verification, deselect the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs checkbox.
  3. Click Save


If you choose the wrong initial encoding, your file may become corrupt. If your file displays as a series of special characters, immediately abort the edit and select the correct encoding. Do not save the file.


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