Knowledgebase: cPanel/WHM/Linux
I can't see my .htaccess file under cPanel's File manager
Posted by Arvand Sabetian (Import) on 31 May 2009 10:54 PM
.htaccess is considered a hidden file in linux.

Before entering your file manager, cPanel pops up a message asking you where you would like to go within  your file structure. At the bottom of the radio buttons, you will see a checkbox asking you if you'd like to view hidden files. Check that box before entering your file manager and you will see the .htaccess file.
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Comments (16)
02 January 2011 09:15 PM
Hi, I have many question.

1. I host my web with, how I can use your shared ssl
2. Wen try to access the cpanel and find the "htaccess" file, it doesn't appear, does my Cpnael have "htaccess" or I have to add it.

Thanks and regards
Arvand Sabetian
06 January 2011 09:05 PM
1) Please contact support so we can give you the URL for shared SSL.
2) It doesn't necessarily come with one. If the application you are using has one then it will be there. If it is an empty account, then there would not be a .htaccess file and you'd have to create one.
Keely Worth
04 July 2011 11:24 PM
A popup doesn't appear for me - it did once and I must have said no - so how to view hidden files now?
Arvand Sabetian
05 July 2011 10:07 AM
I would check with our staff to see if one is there. There is an option from within the file manager to enable it or you could use the legacy file manager.
22 August 2011 09:52 PM
Hi, i have the same problem i cannot find the htaccess but when i created one and upload htaccess.txt to my file manager and rename to .htaccess it is already exist how can unhide the htaccess? thanks!
Ryan C
19 October 2011 07:59 AM
I suggest if you are having issues using the file manager, getting a good FTP client (such as FileZilla) many of which are free. Most FTP clients show . files by default.
Anupam Majhi
01 March 2012 01:57 AM
while opening the file manager in cPanel, just mark the option saying "show hidden files"
Matt Prather
04 October 2012 09:01 AM
You my friend are awesome and saved me much frustration. Thanks
23 June 2012 10:12 PM
Hi i have a problem i cant find the .htaccess file but when i brows it appears it is there but i cannt see in file manager.And when i try to add again i got a msg the file exists.How i can solve this.Thx
Michael Carr
10 July 2012 01:04 PM
The file will not appear in the file manager unless you select the option to show hidden files. A good alternative to the file manager is to just use FTP.
11 December 2013 02:28 AM
Thank you Michael ...It was so heipful post..

Michael Carr
10 April 2014 11:04 AM
Glad I could help
Karen Thomas
15 October 2012 01:16 PM
worked!! I keep forgetting this simple issue.
09 April 2014 02:53 PM
hi , i have a problem , i can't find the " www " folder in the file manager and i used the legacy file manager and the same problem exists , how can i find it plz , i pressed hidden files option before entering the file manager but no thing appeared !
Michael Carr
10 April 2014 11:04 AM
It sounds like you may have deleted. the www folder is just a symbolic link, while helpful it is not required. You can simply got to the public_html folder and upload/edit to the same location. the www link simply redirects you to the public_html folder.
21 May 2014 05:11 AM
Thanks Anupam
Your Idea work
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