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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.44

(Home >> Files >> Legacy File Manager)

Overview

The Legacy File Manager interface offers file manipulation options in an older web-based interface. Users who are already familiar with an older version of cPanel may wish to use the Legacy File Manager interface rather than cPanel's current File Manager interface (Home >> Files >> File Manager).

Legacy File Manager Directory Selection

When you open the Legacy File Manager interface, perform the following steps:

  1. The Legacy File Manager Directory Selection window will display. Select which of the following main directories you wish to view:
    • Home Directory (/home/user)
    • Web Root (/public_html/www)
    • Document Root (/public_html)
  2. Select the Show Hidden Files checkbox to see hidden files.
  3. Select the Skip this question checkbox if you do not want to see the Legacy File Manager Directory Selection window again.
  4. Click Go.

The Legacy File Manager interface opens in a new browser window. The selected directory displays in the file window.

Navigation toolbar

Use the toolbar at the top of the file window to navigate between folders in the file window.

FeatureIconDescription
HomeNavigates directly to the home directory (/home/user).
Go Up One DirNavigates to the folder that contains the currently selected folder.

To navigate the files and folders in your current directory, perform one of the following actions:

  • Click a  to navigate the file tree.
  • Click the folder name to view the file or folders’ properties.

Note:

After you expand a list of subfolders, click the folder name to view the folder's contents.

The Legacy File Manager toolbar

The toolbar, which is located above the folder list, shows the functions that are available to create or upload files and folders to the Legacy File Manager .
FeatureIconDescription
Upload filesUploads files to the current directory.
Create a New FolderCreates a new folder in the current directory.
Create a New FileCreates a new file in the current directory with a user-defined file extension.

Properties menu

This menu, which is located on the right-side of the interface, shows the functions available to manage your folders and files.

Folder options

Click a folder to see the following options:

FeatureIconDescription
Delete this folder and all files under itDeletes the selected folder and all subfolders from the server.
Change PermissionsChanges the ReadWrite, and Execute permissions for the selected files.
Rename FolderRenames the selected file or folder.
Copy this folderCopies the selected folder to a user-specified directory.
Move this folderMoves the selected folder to a new directory.

File options

Click a file to see the following options:

FeatureIconDescription
Show FileOpens the selected file in a new window.
Delete FileDeletes selected files from the server.
Edit File with Code EditorOpens the selected file in a code editor.
Edit FileOpens the selected file in a text editor.
Change PermissionsChanges the ReadWrite, and Execute permissions for the selected file.
Rename FileRenames the selected file.
Copy FileCopies the selected items to a user-specified directory.
Move FileMoves the selected file to a user-selected directory.
Download FileDownloads the selected file to your computer.
URLDisplays the selected file as it would look on the website.
Empty Trash

Recovers any deleted files and folders.

  • Click on the name of the file or folder that is listed below the trash icon to recover that item. 
  • Click on the icon to permanently delete the items in the trash.

Note:

These options are specific to the type of file that you select. All options will not appear for each type of file.

Character encoding verification dialogs

When you edit a file with the Edit or Code Editor options, use the menu to select the correct character encoding for the file. Then, click Edit to continue.

You can also turn Character Encoding Verification Dialogs on or off through Settings:

  1. Click Settings in the top left corner of the interface.
  2. Select Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs:
    • To turn the encoding verification off, select the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs option.
    • To turn the encoding verification on, deselect the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs option.
  3. Click Save

Warning:

If you choose the wrong initial encoding, your file may become corrupt. If your file displays as a series of special characters, immediately abort the edit and select the correct encoding. Do not save the file.