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File Manager

File Manager

No web hosting control panel would be complete without one.  A file manager is a simple way to do simple tasks such as

  • navigate your file system
  • create, rename, delete folders
  • create, rename, delete, upload files
  • change permissions on folders and files
  • view file and folder information
  • view file contents
  • edit ASCII files

The Appies File Manager uses a friendly interface to do all this graphically from your web browser.

 Helpful Hint...

All web-based file managers are limited by the browsers capabilities. It is sometimes easier to use an FTP client to do file management tasks.  However, web file management is very convenient and simple with nothing to download or install.

Navigation. The Appies File Manager provides several options for navigating your file system. These include

  • back icon - click the back icon when you want to go back one folder
  • jump to folder or file - you can enter your absolute path to the folder or file you want to navigate to in this area and click the forward icon
  • clicking the folder icon next to the folder name - this will open up the folder's contents and take you up one level in your file system
  • clicking the open  icon next to the folder name - this will open up the folder's contents and take you up one level in your file system
  • accessing the folder using the history pull down - your history keeps the last 25 folders you navigated to.

 Technical Note...

You can only navigate within your file system.  If you try to enter a path that does not exist, or a path that is not owned by your username, the path will default to your home.


The term "folder" and "directory" are synonymous.

Creating a New Folder.  To create a new folder, navigate to the folder where you want the new folder to be created. Enter the new folder name, then click the create icon.

Uploading Files.  You can upload up to 25 files at one time by clicking either 5,10, or 25 above the file upload input box.  This will display 5,10 or 25 input fields for files respectively. Or if you just have one file to upload, just click the "Browse" button to select a local file from your PC to select the file upload your file to the current folder.  Then, click the upload button to upload your file(s).

Files in Folder.  All the files in the currently selected folder are listed under this heading.  Here, you can perform many tasks.

  • create a new file - click the add icon across from the "Files in Folder" heading to create a new text file in the current folder.
  • navigate/view - click the folder icon to view the contents of the folder, or the open document icon to view the contents of the file in the web browser.  The view button does the same thing.
  • change permissions - you can change the files permissions by clicking the permissions for that file or folder.  The screen will refresh giving you an input field to change the permissions.

 Technical Note...

Through Appies file manager, you can only change the permissions to three digit permissions, with the first digit starting with either 4,5,6, or 7.  For advanced file permission setting, use SSH or an FTP client with this feature.

  • delete file - click the delete icon to delete the file.  A javascript window will pop up asking you confirm the action (just to be sure!)
  • edit ASCII files - click the edit icon associated with any ASCII file to edit the file in a textarea.

 Be Careful...
Editing text file in an HTML text window has two drawbacks. 1) the tab button does not work so if your file contains tab formatting the tabs may be lost in the editing and 2) the file size that can be edited varies from browser to browser.  So if your file is very large it may be truncated and will not load all the way. Make sure if you are editing large files you check to make sure they have loaded completely in the textarea before saving.

  • move/rename files or folders - click the move icon to see the input fields for specifying a new location for your file(s) or folder.  If you move a folder with contents, all of the folder's contents will be moved as well.
  • copy files or folders - click the copy icon to see the input fields for specifying a new name for your file(s) or folder.  If you copy a folder with contents, all of the folder's contents will be copied as well.
  • delete multiple files - click the checkbox associated with each file or empty folder you want to delete, then click the "delete all selected files / empty folders" button at the bottom of the page.


To delete folders containing files, you must delete all the files in the folder first, then delete the folder.


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