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By default, when you use the File Manager in cPanel, it does not show hidden files. Hidden files are any file that begins with a dot, such as .htaccess. .htaccess is actually a common file to edit, and so if you would like to edit the file using your File Manager, you'll need to ensure you have the option selected to show hidden files.

Showing hidden files in File Manager

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Click the "File Manager" icon
  3. Ensure "Show Hidden Files" is selected
  4. Click "Go"
Select the option to show hidden files: This will now show you dot files!
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n/a Points
2014-04-27 3:35 am

What if you don't get that dialogue box when you click on file manager?

Staff
36,223 Points
2014-04-28 1:10 am
Hello Arran,

If you are not receiving the dialog box, then it was previously set to not display. You can reset it by scrolling down to the bottom of the page on the cPanel. You will see a link named 'reset all interface settings'. Clicking that will then allow the dialog box to appear again.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-06-11 8:42 am

Thanks. It helped :)

n/a Points
2014-10-08 2:37 am

Thank u very much thank u very much

n/a Points
2015-02-24 11:53 am

Thanks Scott.

n/a Points
2016-01-13 3:28 am

URL: http://111.118.241.106/wedhost/addressBook

This is my web application based on angular Js.

My .htaccess file properly working in wamp server but I upload my .htaccess file in http://111.118.241.106/wedhost/addressBook/ folder via Filezilla then I troubling Internal server error. 

Please help me...

n/a Points
2015-10-29 7:20 am

tnq so mch...

n/a Points
2015-11-03 2:27 pm

Thanks scott it's worked

n/a Points
2015-11-05 3:19 am

I searched for many articles, only this one solved my problems without banging against the wall. Thank you!

n/a Points
2015-11-19 3:49 am

Thank  you soooooooo much!

n/a Points
2014-06-03 12:30 am

Hey Scott,

Great Article thanks. Just find out that my host also hidden my htaccess file

Plus

Your SEO is very good, this page is no 1 for search results: "Show hidden files on cpanel"

n/a Points
2014-07-11 4:28 am

Hey Scott,

thanks for article, fery helpful

cheers

n/a Points
2014-07-22 8:10 am
I can't see the .htaccess file on my new installation of wordpress in educationenterprises.co.nz

Help please ;-0
Staff
36,223 Points
2014-07-22 8:44 am
Hello Rob,

If you have gone through the above steps and the file is not appearing, then it means it does not exist. You can create one by using the File Manager. It will be blank and then WordPress will write to it as needed. Of course WordPress can create one on its own when needed as well.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-08-03 5:35 am
how to do that WHEN you are not presented with the option to show hidden files
Staff
36,223 Points
2014-10-08 7:26 am
Hello Gabriel,

That means at some point you checked the box to not have that popup display ever again. No worries, there is a fix. Scroll to the very bottom of the cPanel and look for a link for resetting interface options. Click that and then the box will pop up again when follow the instructions above.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2016-02-10 8:18 pm

I see no Link in the bottom

Staff
22,444 Points
2016-02-11 3:01 pm
Hello Adi,

Thank you for contacting us. If you do not have a "reset all interface settings." link in the bottom of your cPanel, I recommend contacting Live Support so they can investigate further.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-04-29 12:15 pm

If you are unable to see "RESET Link" then just open normal file manager. Check top right section for settings. New version of cpanel has moved settings there. Hope this helps !

n/a Points
2014-11-29 6:01 pm

My cPanel has both a File Manager and a Legacy File Manager. Only the Legacy File Manager has the Show Hidden Files option as shown above. Hope this helps.

n/a Points
2015-02-06 8:30 pm
Thankyou
n/a Points
2015-03-30 12:50 am
I had hidden file showing - all was OK. Suddenly, hidden files are not showing (e.g. .htaccess)
How can reenable it one the message for showing hidden files is not available?
(because I turned it off long ago)?
Staff
22,444 Points
2015-08-06 1:35 pm
Hello mulli,

Thank you for your question. You can reset your cPanel preferences, which will cause the prompt to ask you again.

  1. Login to cPanel

  2. On the bottom, click the Reset All Interface Settings

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-04-07 8:39 am

Life saver! Sometimes it's just a little tick box that makes all the difference!

n/a Points
2015-05-29 4:09 pm

Many Many thanks..... It help me to successfully found this. Like this....

 

-SAGOR, Bangladesh.

n/a Points
2015-06-27 9:07 pm

THANK YOU! I was getting so frustrated with this. My own host's help files also referred to the popup, but didn't explain how to get it to appear.

n/a Points
2015-07-24 11:18 am

Thanks, worked fine lovely...

n/a Points
2015-08-06 4:04 am

how to modify or create .htaccess file on Windows hosting (bigrock) install wordpress. pls. help

i am accessible to wordpres by using url http://domainname.com/wordpress

but, by typing http://domainname.com , url i am not getting firts page.

pls. help

 

Staff
22,444 Points
2015-08-06 1:07 pm
Hello raju,

Thank you for contacting us. Windows servers do not use an .htaccess file by default, but use a webconfig file instead. Since we run all Linux servers (instead of Windows), I am not as familiar with the setup.

Here is a link to a microsoft guide on how to Translate .htaccess Content to IIS web.config.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2015-08-06 9:54 am

Thank you very much sir.

n/a Points
2015-08-26 4:41 am
Thank you sir, its really helpful....
n/a Points
2015-09-23 10:20 pm

ITs amazing one, I had that problem during the setup and now its good,, Thanks,,,

n/a Points
2015-10-26 8:59 am

I click the  Reset All Interface Settings But There does not appear pop box and hidden file. Why this happen can you help me on that .

Staff
9,155 Points
2015-10-26 9:41 am
Hello Madhu,

If you clicked that button then your cPanel settings should be reset. You may need to log out and then back in again to see that changes.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-01-10 8:22 pm

Hi Madhu,

I have clicked the Reset All Interface Settings  link and logout and logged backed in a gain - Still no option appearing. Any other sugesstions?

Staff
22,444 Points
2016-01-11 1:44 pm
Hello Tony,

Thank you for contacting us. Try clearing your browser cache and testing again.

We are happy to help troubleshoot further, but will need some additional information. Are you using the default theme, or did you switch to Paper Lantern?

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-01-12 4:41 am

Hello Tony,          I solve this issue by overwritting the hidden file by uploading again that file. You can solve by this way but it is not a good way. Find the what error on server and solve that error is preferred way to solve that problem.Best Regards,Madhu Sudhan

n/a Points
2015-12-07 5:30 pm

Hi,

I also have the same issue(unable to find .htaccess file). I tried by doing Reset all Interface settings even then I couldnt find it. Can some one assit with this?

Also I am not sure why my webpage jsp code is getting displayed instead of the UI.Could someone shed some light on this?

Thanks,

Hari Krishna

 

Staff
36,223 Points
2015-12-07 5:40 pm
Hello Hari Krishna,

If you have it set to show hidden files and it is not there, you may simply need to create one.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2016-01-11 4:28 am

Dear Gents

Can any 1 help me my web page is showing error [ This page has redirect loop ]

can any 1 help me to solve this issue in cpanel.

 

Regards

Sky

Staff
22,444 Points
2016-01-11 2:31 pm
Hello Sky,

Thank you for contacting us. Most likely there are conflicting rules in your .htaccess file. As a test, I recommend renaming your .htaccess file, for example .htaccess.old. This is from the .htaccess troubleshooting section of our .htaccess guide.

Also, keep in mind CMS' (such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.) also rely on .htaccess rules. If you are using a CMS, it is recommended to add rules/redirects using a plugin or extension.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-01-23 2:40 am

hello guys . i need help , i cannot find my .htaccess , even if i checked the show hidden files . it seems i dont have a .htaccess ?? or i just have no permissions to access it ?? please help guys ?? thank you so much .

Staff
22,444 Points
2016-01-25 5:26 pm
Hello marjonh,

Thank you for contacting us. If you have gone through the above steps and the file is not appearing, then it means it does not exist. You can create one by using the File Manager. It will be blank and then WordPress will write to it as needed.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-02-01 5:26 am

Funny this really worked for me but in a different way i have to open the file manager first from the cpanel then at the top righ you will notice settings click on it the select show hidden filles then that does it

n/a Points
2016-03-24 8:14 am

You are my hero!

n/a Points
2016-03-05 5:32 am

Thank you for help me to show hidden files.

 

n/a Points
2016-03-08 2:21 am

Switching my CPANEL theme to "X3" solved my issue of not seeing the "Reset Settings" link. It gave me the option to see hidden files when I clicked on the "File Manager" link. Also the Legacy File Manager became visible.

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