How to edit a file in the Plesk File Manager

How to edit a file in the Plesk File Manager

Editing a file in the Plesk File Manager is a straightforward process, allowing you to make quick changes to your website files directly from the Plesk control panel. This is particularly useful for website developers and administrators who need to update or modify files without using FTP or SSH. Here’s a detailed guide on how to edit a file in Plesk File Manager:

Accessing Plesk File Manager

  1. Log into Plesk: First, log into your Plesk control panel. This is usually done via a URL provided by your hosting provider, which often looks like https://yourdomain.com:8443.
  2. Navigate to File Manager: Once logged in, look for the “File Manager” in the navigation menu. This is typically found in the main dashboard or under the “Websites & Domains” tab.

Locating the File to Edit

  1. Browse Directories: In the File Manager, you’ll see a list of all the files and directories in your hosting account. Navigate through these directories by clicking on folder names to find the file you want to edit.
  2. Search Function: If you know the name of the file, you can use the search function in the File Manager to locate it quickly.

Editing the File

  1. Open the File: Once you have located the file you want to edit (for example, a .html, .php, or .css file), click on it. This will open a preview of the file. Look for an option to edit the file – this is usually a button or link labeled “Edit,” “Code Editor,” or something similar.
  2. Using the Editor: Plesk’s File Manager typically provides a basic text editor for editing your files. This editor might have features like syntax highlighting, which is particularly useful for coding.
  3. Make Your Changes: Edit the file as needed. Be cautious when editing configuration files or programming files, as small errors can sometimes cause significant issues with your website.
  4. Save Changes: After making the necessary changes, look for the “Save” button in the editor and click it to save your changes. It’s important to ensure that you save your changes before closing the editor.

Additional Tips

  • Backup Before Editing: It’s good practice to download and keep a backup of any file before you edit it, especially if you’re working on critical files.
  • File Permissions: Be aware of file permissions. Editing file permissions can be done in the File Manager if necessary, but incorrect permissions can lead to security vulnerabilities or functionality issues.
  • Preview Changes: If you’re editing HTML, CSS, or PHP files, preview your website to ensure that the changes appear as expected.
  • Use FTP for Bulk Edits: If you have multiple files to edit, it might be more efficient to use an FTP client to download, edit, and re-upload the files.
  • Syntax Checking: If you’re editing PHP or other script files, use a syntax checker to avoid syntax errors, which can break your site.


Editing files directly in Plesk File Manager is a convenient option for quick modifications. However, always proceed with caution and ensure you have backups of any files you are editing. For extensive changes or development work, using a local development environment and version control is advisable for better management and safety.

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