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How to Navigate Through File Manager

File Manager is a quick and easy way to navigate through your files in your HostGator hosting account. You can upload, download, and delete files all from within the File Manager.

Check out the article specifically regarding How to Upload a File Using the File Manager that contains a video tutorial.

How to Access the File Manager

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the FILES section, click File Manager.
  3. This will log you directly into your File Manager for your hosting account.

How to Navigate in the File Manager

HostGator cPanel File Manager Sections Highlighted

In the image above, we have highlighted three sections of the File Manager.

  • Section 1 - Toolbar: The File Manager's top navigation bar is the Toolbar. Most of the basic functions to manage files and folders can be located here.
  • Section 2 - Directory Listing: The section to the left in the File Manager is the Directory Listing. In this section, you will find all the directories (folders) within your File Manager.
  • Section 3 - File Listing: The section to the right is referred to as the File Listing. Here you will be able to view the files and sub-directories (folders) within a specific directory (folder) in your File Manager.

To Enter a Directory (Folder):

  • Double click the folder icon next to the name of the directory within the File Listing (section 3).
  • Another option is to click directory name within the Directory Listing (section 2).
    Note: If you click on the + or folder icon in the Directory Listing section, it will only expand that directory to show any sub-directories within the Directory Listing section.

To Leave a Directory (Folder):

  • In the File Listing section at the top, click on the ⮥ Up One Level button. This will place you in the parent directory or preceding directory (folder).
  • Another option is to click directly on the directory name within the Directory Listing to view that directory (folder).

Steps to Access the Web Root Directory

The Web Root Directory is where you'll want to put files and images that visitors can access online as it is publicly-accessible. Typically, this directory is the public_html or www within your File Manager. Use the steps below to directly go to your Web Root Directory in your File Manager.

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the FILES section, click File Manager.
  3. In the upper right-hand corner of the File Manager, click on Settings.
  4. Select Web Root and then click Go.

Steps to Show Hidden Files

Sometimes you may need to view all the folders and files within your File Manager as some may be hidden. The most common hidden file is the .htaccess file. In order to view this file, you will need to Show Hidden Files within your HostGator File Manager.

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the FILES section, click File Manager.
  3. In the upper right-hand corner, click on Settings.
  4. Select Show Hidden Files and then click Go.
  5. Now you should see all the folders and files available within your File Manager.