Friday, July 12, 2013

View hidden files in cpanel (if not visible)

Ever wondered why your cpanel doesn't show the hidden files you need to view or edit? Cpanel being one of the most commonly used control panel for UNIX based server solutions the incidence is not really uncommon. The problem or, rather the tricky situation is really common when someone tries to get hold of their ".htaccess" file/s and finds that neither it is showing in the "file manager" of cpanel nor can be created as there is an existing one! The solution is pretty simple and shouldn't be too alien for long standing cpanel users.

cpanel settings at .NeXT

What is cpanel?

cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides capabilities for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.

Why does hidden files stay hidden?

Because the user/s commonly choose that to be! When they open the file manager inside cpanel for the first time, most commonly they don't check the checkbox for enabling hidden files. Later the settings for showing them cannot be found inside the cpanel or, the file manager itself.

cpanel file manager notification at .NeXT


Stop looking for the settings to fix your choice. It isn't there! Try looking to the footer of your cpanel window instead. Check for the link called "reset all interface settings" and click it.

reset cpanel interface settings at .NeXT

It will reset the settings you chose until the first start of cpanel(for the interface only. Don't worry, it will not affect your server configuration settings). As a result next time when you open your file manage, it will invariably show the window where you can rectify your choice and select to show hidden files!

choose show hidden files at .NeXT

The files like .htaccess should appear in your file manager now on along with other hidden folders and files.

.htaccess at .NeXT

So, it is done pretty quick upto this point! If you take my suggestion, you should do the reverse procedure after you are done with whatever changes you intend to do with the hidden files/folders and keep them hidden for security purposes(and/or, to save the hidden files from unintended edits).

Hope some readers of this blog find it useful and share their opinions.

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