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Getting started with cPanel's File Manager

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 web site's directories.

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

  1. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click File Manager.
  2. Select the directory that you want to open, and then click Go. The File Manager main window appears.
  3. Browse the directory hierarchy:
    • To view a directory, click the directory name.
    • To move up a level in the filesystem, click Up One Level.
    • To expand a directory, click the + icon.
    • To collapse a directory, 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 New Folder icon.
  2. In the New Folder Name text box, type the name of the new folder.
  3. In the New Folder will be created in text box, make sure that the path is where you want to create the folder.
  4. Click Create New Folder.

To create a new file, follow these steps:

  1. In the File Manager main window, click the New File icon.
  2. In the New File Name text box, type the name of the new file.
  3. In the New file will be created in text box, make sure that the path is where you want to create the file.
  4. Click Create New 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, type the destination directory, and then click Copy File(s).
    • To move the file, click the Move icon, type the destination directory, and then click Move File(s).
    • To rename the file, click the Rename icon, type the new filename, and then click Rename File.
    • To delete the file, click the Delete icon, and then click Delete File(s).

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).