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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 11.48

(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 newer File Manager interface (Home >> Files >> File Manager).

Legacy File Manager Directory Selection

When you click the Legacy File Manager icon in cPanel's Home 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)

      Note:

      If your account includes multiple domains, select the desired domain from the Document Root for menu.

  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 or tab. The selected directory displays in the file window.

Navigation toolbar

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

IconFeatureDescription
HomeNavigate directly to the home directory (/home/user, where user is your cPanel account's username).
Go Up One Dir Navigate to the folder that contains the currently-selected folder (the parent folder).

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

  • Click the desired folder icon () 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 a folder's name to view its contents.

Legacy File Manager toolbar

Use the toolbar at the top center of the interface to create or upload files and folders.
IconFeatureDescription
 Upload FilesUpload files to the current directory.
 Create a New FolderCreate a new folder in the current directory.
 Create a New FileCreate a new file in the current directory, with a user-defined file extension.

Properties toolbar

Use the toolbar at the top right of the interface to manage your folders and files. The interface displays different options for files and folders.

Note:

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

Folder options

When you click a folder name, the interface displays the following options:

IconFeatureDescription
Delete this folder and all files under itDelete the selected folder and all of its subfolders from the server.
Change PermissionsChange the ReadWrite, and Execute permissions for the selected file.
Rename FolderRename the selected file or folder.
Copy This folderCopy the selected folder to another directory.
Move This folderMove the selected folder to another directory.

File options

When you click a filename, the interface displays the following options:

IconFeatureDescription
Show File ContentsOpen the selected file in a new window.
Delete FileDelete selected files from the server.
Edit File with Code EditorOpen the selected file in a code editor.
Edit FileOpen the selected file in a text editor.
Change PermissionsChange the ReadWrite, and Execute permissions for the selected file.
Rename FileRename the selected file.
Copy FileCopy the selected items to another directory.
Move FileMove the selected file to another directory.
Download FileDownload the selected file to your computer.
URLDisplay the selected file as it appears to visitors.

Character Encoding Verification Dialogs

When you click Edit or Code Editor for a file, the system displays a You will be editing confirmation message, and the Please select the character encoding to open this file with menu. Use this menu to select the correct character encoding for the file. Then, click Edit to continue.

Warning:

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

To enable or disable this check, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Settings in the top left corner of the interface.
  2. In the top right corner of the interface, choose the desired setting:
    • To enable the check, select the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs checkbox.
    • To disable the check, deselect the Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs checkbox.
  3. Click Save.

Empty Trash

The Empty Trash icon () appears below the Properties toolbar for your selected item. When you delete files or folders, the interface lists them below the Empty Trash icon.

  • Click the name of the file or folder below the Empty Trash icon to recover that item. 
  • Click the Empty Trash icon to permanently delete the entire list of items.