File manager in the Control Panel.

Our in-house file manager is a fully-functional web application, allowing you to replace the usual FTP client and to work with the files on your server directly via the web browser from any side of the world.

Why is it better than other file managers?

Double panel graphic interface

The file manager interface is designed in a way familiar to the customer: two areas for convenient work with files.
You can open files on the server, on a remote FTP or on your own computer in each area.

For instance if you open the file system of your computer in the left panel and server files in the right one, you can easily move files to your website, just by dragging them or by copying them with special panel keys.

Viewing files and directories in table form, you can easily sort them by type, size, creation date etc. by pressing the header of any column.

Drag&Drop option

You can work with files and folders by dragging them to the server or a remote FTP and back with your mouse. To do this, select the necessary files and folders and drag them to the required location.

Work with local computer

For the file manager to work with the file system of your computer you need to install Java and grant the Java application access to the file system of your computer.

You can download Java from the official website - www.java.com.

When you first press the button "My computer", the browser will ask for permission to open as depicted below. Check the box next to Always trust content from this publisher for the window not to open each time you start the Java application and press the button RUN.

Our Java application is protected through a security certificate, issued by Thawte (thawte.com), so there is no need to worry about the safety of the used application.

All you need to do to begin working with the local computer next time you log in, is pressing the button "My computer".

If you have problems installing Java or opening your local file system in the file manager, please try in another browser and contact us. We will be happy to help you.

Work with external FTP

Press the button "External FTP" to connect to a remote server from the file manager. You can save the connections and edit them later if necessary.

The external FTP can both be opened in the left and in the right panel or even in both at one time to work with two third-party FTPs simultaneously. To open the FTP of your web hosting account, simply press the button "Home FTP".

Tab interface

The tab interface will allow you to open a multitude of files at one time and to manipulate them in the file manager area in the same way you do it in your operating system.
This interface will make working with several files at one time convenient, will allow to easily copy the code from one file to another etc.

You can expand and collapse open files. You can also change the size of an open window as you like. Opened files are depicted below the file manager in the tab panel.

You can manipulate windows as you like by changing their size and locating them on the screen in any required order.

Basic features for file work

The file manager will allow you to perform all the basic functions for work with files and directories, such as: copying, moving, renaming, editing attributes etc. All these activities can be performed in various ways.

1. Copying
To copy a file group you can select it with your cursor, pressing the Ctrl button. Then just drag the files to the required location. As you let them go in the selected location, the file manager will open up a modal window, asking if you really wish to copy the files or not. If files with matching names already exist, the file manager will suggest to overwrite them.

Alternatively you can copy files and folders by selecting them and pressing the right mouse button to open the context menu. Then press "Copy".

Other ways of copying are using the menu button "File" or the button beneath the file manager.

You can also use the hotkey combination for fast access to the
copying function, which is Ctrl + 5.

2. Moving
To move files you can make use of the same methods as for copying, except "dragging". The hotkey combination for moving is Shift + 5.

3. Renaming
To rename a file or a directory you can also use the context menu, the dropdown menu item "File" or the hotkey combination Ctrl + 6.
Unlike copying and renaming this is not a group function and can only be applied to one element.

After pressing "Rename" you will see a modal window, where you need to indicate the changes of the element name. Indicate the new name and press "OK".

4. Editing attributes

To edit file or directory attributes you can use the context menu or the dropdown menu item "File".

File permissions can be set in numerical form as well as by checking appropriate boxes for a user, a group or for all.

In short, permissions can be set for a single user - the actual file owner, for a group or for all.

The numerical value is a combination of all permissions, where 1 stands for execution permission, 2 - write permission, 4 - read permission.

Let's say we want to set read and write permissions: 6 = 4(read) + 2(write).

Altogether there are 8 options:
7 = read, write & execute;
6 = read & write;
5 = read & execute;
4 = read;
3 = write & execute;
2 = write;
1 = execute;
0 = no permissions.

On our servers all files are executed from the user, so that the last two digist must equal 0.
For instance, if you want to set all permissions for a file, set the value: 700.

5. Deleting
You can delete files by using the context menu, the dropdown menu item "File" or the hotkey combination Ctrl + 8 or the button ""Del"".
Before deleting the file, the file manager will open a modal window to make sure you actually want to delete the selected files.

Work with archives

The file manager allows to work with archives. You can create or unpack archives as well as directly download the required files/directories as an archive.

1. Creating an archive
To create an archive of files and/or folders, select them and press the button "Create archive" in the quick access panel. You can change the archive name and type in the opened modal window.

2. Unpacking an archive
To unpack an archive, press the button "Unpack archive" in the quick access panel. Select the path of the location where the archive shall be unpacked and press "Unpack archive".

3. Download as archive

You can download files and folders as an archive by clicking on the icon "Download as archive" in the quick access panel. Alternatively you can use the dropdown menu: tab "File", then "Download" and select the archive type, which you would like to download your files/folders in.

Multiloading

One of the most convenient ways of working with files and uploading them from your computer to the server is opening your local file system in one of the areas, as described above. However, if for any reason you do not have the possibility to use Java, you can upload files by pressing the icon "Upload files".

A window for file uploading to the server will open. Select files from your computer and press "Upload". The file manager will begin to upload the files one by one. The uploading process will be depicted in the browser for each file, expressed as a percentage.

Text editor

The file manager contains a handy text editor for work with the code of your websites.

Pressing the button "Parameters" in the upper corner of the editor, you can adjust the appearance of the text editor according to your wises, edit the font size and other parameters.

The text editor provides the function of syntax highlighting and recognizes what kind of file you open, be it a php script, a bash script or any other programming language. Also you can choose the code highlighting yourself, using the dropdown menu in the text editor.

The text editor allows to edit the file encoding and to resave files in another encoding.

View graphic files

The file manager contains a built-in image viewer for viewing graphic files. You can rotate the image, edit its scale and go on to the next image.

If you need to find a file or a folder, you can search directly in the file manager. The extended mode allows to search for files or for folders only, as well as to search by file or folder size.

Access control

You can set a password for a folder and block access to it by IP address via the file manager. Select a folder that the password shall be set for, select "Settings" in the upper dropdown menu, then press "Set password for folder". Enter the password for the directory in the appearing modal window and press "Save".

Similarly you can deny access to the folder from particular IPs. Select "Settings" in the dropdown menu, then "Set IP blocking". Enter the list of IPs you want to deny access in the appearing modal window, expressed as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx.

Functions for work with Home FTP

The file manager has a number of functions available for Home FTP only.

1. List of websites
You can switch between websites of you web hosting account by using the button in the quick access panel or by selecting it in the dropdown menu, in the tab "Transition". Doubleclicking with the left mouse button on the selected website, you will be redirected to the root directory of the website.

2. Folder size
You can easily find out the size of your directories in the Home FTP by clicking on "Folder size" in the quick access panel.

Also you can always see the total size of the full server drive memory below the file manager.

Work with backups

Also you can review the list of available backup copies, automatically created by our backup system (by date), directly in the file manager. Clicking on the appropriate backup copy, you can review its content and copy all necessary files from it if necessary.

Hotkeys

Like most desktop FTP clients, our file manager contains a number of hotkeys, speeding up the most common activities.

Below is a list of hotkeys:

Ctrl + 3 - View;
Ctrl + 4 - Edit;
Ctrl + 5 - Copy;
Shift + 5 - Move;
Ctrl + 6 - Rename;
Ctrl + 7 - Create new folder;
Ctrl + 8 or Del - Delete.

In case of occurring questions concerning the file manager you can always contact our technical support.