Most WordPress tutorials you follow or on the web require you to edit a file or two in your WordPress installation. Usually, to edit a file on your WordPress site, you either use the file manager provided in the cPanel or some sort of FTP client. As easy as it looks, how many times have you faced a situation where you couldn’t find the file you are supposed to edit?
This is because, some of the important folders and files (for example,
.htaccess file) on your hosting account are hidden by default. In fact, any file or folder whose name has “.” (period) in front of its name is a hidden file. Of course, this only applies to Linux hosting environment, which is a major player when it comes to servers and stuff. Fortunately, showing hidden files in your hosting environment is very easy. So, if you ever need, here is how to see hidden files in cPanel file manager and other FTP clients like FileZilla and Cyberduck.
1. See Hidden Files in cPanel File Manager
Seeing hidden files in cPanel is one of the easiest things.
1. To start off, login into to your cPanel, search for the file manager using the search bar and click on the link “File Manager” under the “Files” section.
2. The above action will open a pop-up. Simply select the radio button “Web Root (public_html/www),” select the checkbox “Show hidden files (dotfiles)” and click on the “Go” button.
Quick tip: if you want, you can select the checkbox “Skip this question” at the bottom of the pop-up to directly open the file manager without the pop-up in the future.
3. As soon as you click on the “Go” button, the cPanel file manager will be opened in the new tab or window. As you can see, the cPanel file manager is now showing all the hidden files.
2. See Hidden Files in FileZilla FTP Client
FileZilla is one of the most popular FTP clients. While you are using FileZilla, you can view all the hidden files by default. If you are not able to see the hidden files in FileZilla then it may indicate the restrictions placed by the hosting provider.
However, you can force the hidden files and folders to appear on the screen.
1. To do that, launch the FileZilla application and login to your account.
2. Once logged in, navigate to “Server” and select the option “Force showing hidden files.” This action may pop-up a window, just click on the “Ok” button to continue.
3. That’s all there is to do. With the above action, FileZilla will display all the hidden files and folders in your hosting account.
3. See Hidden Files in Cyberduck FTP Client
Cyberduck is yet another popular FTP client. Just like FileZilla, Cyberduck also shows all the hidden files by default.
1. If not, open up the Cyberduck application and login to your hosting FTP account.
2. Now, navigate to “View” and select the option “Show hidden files.” Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut
CTRL + SHIFT + R.
3. The above action will show all the hidden files in your web hosting account.
That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to see hidden files in cPanel or other FTP clients like FileZilla or Cyberduck. If you are using any other FTP client, then the process and shortcuts to view the hidden files and folders may differ a bit. But it is quite easy to see hidden files.
Hopefully, that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences on using the above methods to see hidden files in cPanel and FTP clients.