Learn about cPanel file manager

The Ultimate Guide To cPanel File Manager

cPanel users can use the File Manager interface to work on their files directly from the cPanel interface. Learn how to use every single option that cPanel File Manager provides.

Say you have successfully created a new web hosting account.

You have gotten access to your brand-new cPanel hosting account.

And right now, with all bells and whistles, you are looking at the cPanel interface and wondering what to do with File Manager.

This tutorial guide below will (hopefully) show you the numerous ways you can utilize most of the File Manager options to manage your files in cPanel.

While it is written for users with beginner or intermediate experience with cPanel, we think that advanced users may also get something out of it.

cPanel File Manager Options Definition

cPanel File Manager Options
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  1. File – use to create a new file(s).
  2. Folder – user to create a new folder(s)/directory.
  3. Copy – use to copy or duplicate files or directories.
  4. Move – use to move a file or folder to a new location.
  5. Upload – use to upload files from your local machine to your cPanel server. No folder upload.
  6. Download – use to download files, zipped files, etc to your local machine.
  7. Delete – use to delete a file or folder.
  8. Restore – use to restore a file or folder if deleted.
  9. Rename – use to rename a file or folder.
  10. Edit – use to edit a file within or below 1 MB of data.
  11. HTML Editor – use to edit HTML documents.
  12. Permissions – use to set correct permission for a file or folder.
  13. View – use to view the contents of a selected file.
  14. Extract – use to unzip/extract a selected *.zip, *.gz, or *.bz2 archive and store the files in a folder. The same as “tar -xvf” or “unzip” commands.
  15. Compress – use to zip/compress selected files or folders to a *.zip, *.gz, or *.bz2 archive. The same as “zip -r” or “tar -czvf” commands.

How to create a new file using cPanel File Manager

Log in to cPanel

Scroll and find the Files section and then click on the File Manager icon.

Click + File in the toolbar.

When the new interface appears, enter the new item’s name in the New File Name text box.

Enter the location in which the system will create the item in the New file will be created in: text box.

Click Create New File to complete the process.

To achieve the same result using a command-line:

Ensure that you are in the correct location.

If you are not sure, use the “pwd” command to view your current location.

You can also use:

echo $PWD


pwd | awk -F'/' '{print $NF}'

To create a new file, use either:

vi | vim | nano $filename.txt

To create multiple files, use the touch command

touch $filename1.txt $filename2.txt $filename3.txt $filename4.txt $filename.txt

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