Getting started with cPanel’s File Manager

Last modified: Wednesday August 3rd, 2022


This article is an introduction to cPanel’s File Manager and describes how to complete basic file management tasks.

Starting File Manager and browsing the filesystem

cPanel’s File Manager makes it easy for you to browse through your website’s directories.

To start File Manager and navigate through the directory hierarchy, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the FILES section of the cPanel home screen, click File Manager:                                               Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager icon
  3. In the left sidebar, click the name of the directory that you want to open. The directory’s contents appear in the right pane.
  4. Browse the directory hierarchy:
    • To view another directory or subdirectory, click its name in the left sidebar.
    • To move up a level in the filesystem, click Up One Level.
    • To expand a directory, in the left sidebar click the + icon.
    • To collapse a directory, in the left sidebar click the  icon.

Creating new folders and files

It is easy to create a new folder or file in File Manager.

To create a new folder, follow these steps:

  1. In the File Manager main window, click the + Folder icon:                                                                          Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager new folder
  2. In the New Folder Name text box, type the name of the new folder.
  3. The New Folder will be created in the text box, make sure that the path is where you want to create the folder.
  4. Click Create New Folder. cPanel creates the folder.

To create a new file, follow these steps:

  1. In the File Manager main window, click the + File icon:                                                                                Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager new file
  2. In the New File Name text box, type the name of the new file.
  3. In the New file will be created in the text box, make sure that the path is where you want to create the file.
  4. Click Create New File. cPanel creates the file.

Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files

To copy, move, rename, or delete files, follow these steps:

  1. In the File Manager main window, select the file or files.
  2. Do the file operation that you want:
    • To copy the file, click the Copy icon:                                                                                                             Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager copy                                                                                                                                                     Type the destination directory, and then click Copy File(s).
    • To move the file, click the Move icon:                                                                                                     Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager move                                                                                                                                                          Type the destination directory, and then click Move File(s).
    • To rename the file, click the Rename icon:                                                                                          Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager rename                                                                                                                                                         Type the new filename, and then click Rename File.
    • To delete the file, click the Delete icon:                                                                                                      Getting started with cPanels File Manager kb cpanel 78 file manager delete                                                                                                                                                    Click Confirm.

Searching for files

You can use File Manager to search for a particular file or set of files. For example, you can search for all files that have the word quota in their filenames.

To search for a file, follow these steps:

  1. In the top-right corner of the File Manager main window, select the location to search for the file in the Search list box. You can search for files in the following locations:
    • In all of your files (that is, in your home directory and in all subdirectories beneath it).
    • In only your public_html directory.
    • In the current directory.
  2. In the text box, type the name of the file that you want to find, and then click Go.
    You can enter partial filenames to use in your search. For example, if you type mail, File Manager finds files that are named maildirsize and .contactemail as well (assuming that these files actually exist).

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