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?

23,972 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
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
23,972 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
23,972 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.

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2015-02-06 8:30 pm

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