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Your cPanel account has the ability to allow you to access, view, modify, add, and delete files from your account effortlessly, using the File Manager. In this tutorial we will show you how to access the File Manager, then go over the features available there.

Using the File Manager in cPanel

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Click on the "File Manager" in the "Files" section.

    You will then see your files listed. If you need to access a hidden file (such as .htaccess), it is covered in our guide on how to show hidden files.

cPanel File Manager Features

Now that you are logged into file manager, let's take a few minutes to understand some of the basic features of File Manager.

  • Task Bar (Purple Outline)- This is where you can perform basic tasks like create a new folder, delete a file, edit a file and much more.
  • Current Location (Orange Outline)- This tells you where you currently located. Also you can specify a path here to navigate to somewhere else.
  • File Tree (Red Outline) - This is also for navigation, but shows you a visual representation of how your files are structured.
  • Current Folder Contents (Green Outline) - This lets you know what the contents are of the current folder you are in.

Additional Guides

This section includes additional walk-through guides, for comon task that are performed in the cPanel File Manager:

cPanel makes it easy for you to manage your files. Read more about the cPanel file management features.

Please check the next article on Backing Up your Website. For more information on this course please visit Managing your Files in cPanel

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2017-11-04 12:07 pm

Why is my "sitemap.xml" file the color purple and remains purple. Once edited and submitted to Google, the code reverted back to the original version. I'm not sure why. To make a permanent change, do I need to delete it a create a new file, white in color? I need to revise it again to include hreflang tags.    

13,821 Points
2017-11-06 7:29 am
I wouldn't be too concerned with the color of the links in your sitemap.xml file. Typically, this file is only there for bots to parse and crawl your site.
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2017-10-24 6:23 pm

Please update your video and the tutorial. I still can't find the File Manager. The CPanel looks nothing like it here.

2,032 Points
2017-10-24 7:18 pm
Thanks for your feedback! The video does show the outdated version of File Manager. You should be able to find it in cPanel from the image in this guide though.

File Manager highlighted from cPanel
n/a Points
2017-06-26 11:26 am

My file manager in my cpanel doesn't look anything like what your video shows. Is there a different look for reseller accounts?

10,285 Points
2017-06-26 11:36 am
Since the date this video was published, cPanel has gone through some major theme updates. We will make sure to update this video soon.
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2016-02-08 5:40 am

Hi There,

I want to edit in my homepage but could not find that file in cpanel.

Could you please tell me where it is. I'm using Opencart V.


Thanks in Advance

43,761 Points
2016-02-08 2:03 pm
CMS programs like OpenCart, WordPress, etc build the pages on command. There are not static files to edit manually. Editing is done via the admin dashboard.
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2015-08-10 10:35 am

Thanks a lot for the detailed tutorial! I spent so much time to figure out that issue.

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2015-01-19 8:18 am

thanks usefull information, this prblm created in my site, then i am using your trick, and now everthing is ok, thankalot to giving this wonderfull info.

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