How to upload files via the cPanel File Manager

How to upload files via the cPanel File Manager

Uploading files via the cPanel File Manager is a straightforward process and is essential for managing your website’s content. The File Manager in cPanel provides a user-friendly interface to manage your files directly from the web browser without needing an FTP client. Here’s how to upload files using the cPanel File Manager:

Steps to Upload Files in cPanel File Manager

1. Log in to cPanel

  • Open your web browser and navigate to your cPanel login page, usually accessed via .
  • Enter your cPanel username and password to log in.

2. Access the File Manager

  • Once logged in, look for the ‘Files’ section on the cPanel dashboard.
  • Click on the ‘File Manager’ icon. This will open the File Manager in a new tab or window.

3. Navigate to the Target Directory

  • In the File Manager, use the left sidebar to navigate to the directory where you want to upload the files.
  • Commonly, files are uploaded to the public_html or www directory for them to be accessible from the web.

4. Upload Files

  • Once you are in the desired directory, click on the ‘Upload’ icon in the top menu of the File Manager.
  • A new tab or window will open for uploading files.
  • Click on ‘Select File’ or drag and drop your files into the window. You can upload multiple files at once.
  • Wait for the upload process to complete. The progress bar will indicate when the upload is finished.

5. Verify the Uploaded Files

  • After the upload is complete, return to the File Manager tab.
  • If the File Manager was already open, you might need to click ‘Reload’ to refresh the directory and see the uploaded files.
  • Verify that your files are uploaded correctly and are in the correct directory.

Additional Tips

  • File Size Limit: Be aware of the file size limit for uploads in cPanel. If you need to upload a file larger than the limit, you may need to use FTP or increase the limit temporarily via PHP settings (if allowed by your hosting provider).
  • File Types: Ensure that you are uploading the correct file types. Some hosting providers restrict certain file types for security reasons.
  • Permissions: After uploading, you might need to adjust file permissions, especially for scripts and executable files. This can be done via the File Manager by right-clicking on the file and selecting ‘Change Permissions’.


The cPanel File Manager is a convenient tool for uploading files to your hosting account. It’s particularly useful for quick uploads or when FTP access is not available. Remember to organize your files properly and maintain backups, especially when replacing existing files. Regular file management is key to maintaining a healthy and well-functioning website.


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