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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?

30,067 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
2015-08-12 6:01 am

thank you

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


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


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

Help please ;-0
30,067 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
30,067 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
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
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)?
18,906 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,
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

but, by typing , url i am not getting firts page.

pls. help


18,906 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,
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,,,

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