How to Use File Manager at Hostinger: Learn How to Navigate and Manage Your Website Files

How to Use File Manager at Hostinger: Learn How to Navigate and Manage Your Website Files

For Hostinger’s web hosting clients, understanding how to use File Manager helps with website management tasks like troubleshooting errors or changing site functionality.

File Manager is an essential feature of hPanel, our custom-built hosting control panel. It lets you create, delete, and edit your website’s files without using SSH or FTP clients.

In this article, we will explain how to use Hostinger’s File Manager effectively. You will also learn how to manage your website files and utilize this tool’s advanced features, like bulk editing and permission settings, to save time and streamline site management tasks.

A file manager is a file management tool located in your web hosting control panel. It lets users easily manage their website data without using an FTP file manager, SSH, or other third-party software.

How to Access Hostinger’s File Manager

The File Manager is available for all users, except for those who use Hostinger Website Builder. You can access File Manager through the website management menu in hPanel. Locate it like this:

  1. Enter in your browser and log in to your account.
  2. Scroll down on the homepage, select your hosting plan, and click Manage.
  1. In the website dashboard, select File Manager to browse your files and folders. Alternatively, navigate to the sidebar menu and go to FilesFile Manager.

How to Use File Manager at Hostinger

To better understand how Hostinger’s File Manager works, we will next look at how to navigate the tool, how to manage and edit your files and folders, and how to use the advanced features.

Navigating the File Manager

The File Manager interface has three sections – the left menu, file management area, and top menu. The left menu contains the following:

  • My files – open the File Manager’s root folder.
  • New folder – create a new folder in the current directory.
  • New file – make a new file in the current directory.
  • Trash bin – access the deleted files.
  • Settings – change File Manager options, including its language.
  • Logout – close the File Manager session.

You can also see how much space is currently available and the number of inodes in the left menu. Inodes are special tags that tell your server what kind of file something is and where to find all its pieces.

The file management area is located in the middle of the interface – this is where you see the current directory’s files and folders. From this area, access the shortcuts for managing files, like deleting, editing, and renaming your files, by right-clicking on them.

The breadcrumb navigation shows your current location and lets you move to another folder or jump directly to the homepage.

The third area is the top menu, which contains shortcuts for downloading and uploading files, as well as other advanced features. If you select a file or a folder, this section will also show the right-click menu’s shortcuts.

Managing Files and Folders

Users can do several file and folder management tasks in File Manager. For instance, you can create, upload, download, rename, and move a file or a folder.

To create a new file or folder in File Manager, access your desired directory and navigate to the left menu. Click the respective icon, enter the file or folder name, and click Create to confirm.

When creating a new file, specify its name and extension, such as yourfile.php.

If you want to download or upload a file or folder, navigate to the top bar instead. Click the downward arrow icon to download the selected file or folder and the upward arrow to upload items from your computer.

To copy, rename, and move a file or folder, simply select the item, right-click, and select the action you want to perform from the dropdown menu. You can also delete an item this way.

Important! We recommend unchecking the Skip trash bin box to avoid deleting the files permanently. By using the trash bin feature, you can easily restore the files if you need them later.

Editing Files

Our File Manager has a built-in text editor that lets you revise files directly from the tool. It makes the editing process more efficient as you don’t need to download and make changes locally.

File Manager’s text editor also has a syntax highlighter feature that makes reworking files easier and less prone to errors.

To edit a file, select it, right-click to open the dropdown menu, and select Edit. In the text editor window, modify the code and click the disk icon on the top right to save the changes. Then, click the X button on the left to close the window.

Using Advanced Features

In addition to managing website files, File Manager has several advanced features to streamline your web development tasks.

Some of the most used File Manager features are:

  • Bulk actions – manage multiple files simultaneously. With bulk actions, you can delete or move multiple files at once. Click the checkmark icon from the top menu, select the items, and choose the action.
  • Search function – find a file or folder using its name. Users can also filter whether they are looking for images, videos, audio, or PDF files.
  • Permission editor – manage the viewing, editing, and execution rights to your files and folders. Set different rights for the website owner, a user group, or individual users.
  • Archive – store multiple items into a single zip or tar file. Use the bulk selection to choose the files and click archive from the top menu.
  • Directory info – shows the size or last modification of the selected file or current directory. This feature will also show the number of inodes in the directory.

We recommend to always back up your website before making any changes to your site files. If you run into any issues, our expert Customer Success team is available for all Hostinger users 24/7 via live chat.

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Hostinger’s File Manager is a tool that lets users easily control their website data without using an FTP client, SSH connection, or third-party software. It is used for various tasks, like troubleshooting errors or making changes to your website’s files.

To access this tool, log in to hPanel, select your hosting plan, and click Manage FilesFile Manager. You can also access the File Manager directly from your web hosting account’s dashboard.

Hostinger’s File Manager lets you create, delete, download, upload, or edit files and folders. It also has several advanced features, making it easy to perform bulk actions and set up file permission rights for different users.

How to Use File Manager FAQ

In this section, we will answer common questions about Hostinger’s File Manager to help you understand the tool better.

Can I Edit Files Directly on the Server Using Hostinger’s File Manager?

Yes. You don’t need SSH, an FTP client, or other third-party software to modify your website files. You can edit website files directly through the File Manager.

Can I Undo Changes Made Using Hostinger’s File Manager?

Yes. You can undo changes you made when editing files. However, you can’t undo file deletion or creation. For this reason, we recommend creating a backup before modifying any files.

What Happens if I Accidentally Delete a File or Folder Using Hostinger’s File Manager?

You can restore the deleted files from the trash bin. If you skip the trash bin, you can download your website backup and restore it to retrieve the file.

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