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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 in to your cPanel
  2. Under Files click File Manager
  3. Slick Settings in the upper right corner
  4. Select your Document Root and check the box for Show hidden files and click Save

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n/a Points
2016-06-13 1:58 pm

Much appreciated.  Hidden files are always frustrating, but info like this is a life saver.  If I can't see the blasted file, how can I edit it like at http://**********.com, there are several hidden files I haven't been able to see until now.

43,032 Points
2016-06-13 2:48 pm
Once you can see the files by selecting the option, you can then edit it as normal.
n/a Points
2016-07-13 4:30 pm

In later versions of cPanel, you will click the "Settings" button in the top-right corner inside the File Manager to choose the "Show Hidden Files" option.

n/a Points
2016-07-15 11:21 pm

I have a setting button in the top right corner... it does not have the option to show hidden files.  This night is so frustrating.  Lost files.  Have to start over because of error messages that are useless.  Wow.  This is way to painful  Need good instructions on how to get my web page to show under my domain.  publish doesn't do it.  I can't see .htaccess file.



43,032 Points
2016-07-18 2:49 pm
It sounds as if you are using the new Paper Lanter theme. This article was written some time before that came out. Still, when clicking on the Settings button, I can see the option for displaying hidden files.

If you are not seeing that, there may be an error with your specific account. For assistance with that you will want to contact Live Support.
n/a Points
2016-07-20 3:11 am

What if the pop up do not appear? My site Please help.

37,289 Points
2016-07-20 9:25 am
Hello Ali Hossian,

As per Scott's answer above, the new Paper Lantern theme may be applied to your site. They are slowly moving the servers to this new image interface. You can find the settings option to show hidden files in File Manager by going to the top right hand corner and clicking on the gear icon (in File Manager).

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-08-03 12:30 am

Hi,am having a problem with my c-panel...i cant see any of my files in the public_html.  is telling me that The directory is empty.

27,915 Points
2016-08-03 10:28 am
I recommend checking the other directories to see if your files were moved, or possibly restoring a backup if available.

Reviewing our server logs (such as FTP) may reveal more information into where your files went.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2016-08-10 10:55 am

Thanks. Found what I was looking for on your site. Couldn't find .htaccess and you showed me how. Thumbs up!

n/a Points
2016-08-12 2:16 pm

I have followed all these steps and still cannot find the .htaccess file. 

I am using cpanel x3 also opened legacy file manager and checked show hidden files.

Way too much time spent on insignificant stuff

43,032 Points
2016-08-12 2:27 pm
If you have the selection checked, then all hidden files will show. You can test by creating a hidden file (create one named .test for example) and see if it shows. If so, then you may not have a .htaccess file.
n/a Points
2016-09-10 9:36 pm

Thank u so much. You got me tension free..

n/a Points
2016-09-29 12:32 am shows 3MB hidden files. How to remove them?

12,647 Points
2016-09-29 6:56 am
If you can see them in file manager, you can right click and select delete just like you would for any other file.
n/a Points
2016-10-08 2:56 pm

Thank you for your helpful article

n/a Points
2016-11-13 12:09 pm

This was exactly what I was looking for (the reset).

n/a Points
2016-12-30 6:23 am

Good One.. Thanks For Your Valuable Notes On This Blog. Its Really Worked For Me.

n/a Points
2017-01-06 4:12 am


yes great very helpful. my cpanel theme was exact these photos & i was sad about hidden files how to view!. realy tanks. a kiss just for you. oh i love you!

n/a Points
2017-01-15 9:28 pm

For those that don’t have the option to show hidden files, add the following to the end of the url:



Then press unter, so would be like this would change to


Hope this helps.

n/a Points
2017-02-16 3:38 pm

After struggling for ages - I have finally found out how to do this, so thought I'd share - everyone who cannot do this via settings with the new theme - it's here :)

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2017-04-02 5:41 pm


n/a Points
2017-04-09 12:26 am

Thanks! You save my day.

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