How to Use Hostinger File Manager (Updated 2020)

How to Use Hostinger File Manager (Updated 2020)

The file manager is one of the features you will find in hPanel. If you’re wondering how to use Hostinger’s File Manager and what its functions are, this article will provide the guidance you need. Keep reading!

File Manager: The Basics and How to Find It

File Manager is a tool that allows you to control your site’s content through HTTP instead of FTP clients, SSH, or 3rd party applications. Uploading, editing, creating, changing file permissions, deleting files and directories, as well as extracting archives are some of the few tasks that you can do with this tool.

Hostinger’s File Manager is located under the Files category, which you can find faster using the search feature.The Files section of hpanel. By default, it will open the public_html directory that holds all the website files for your domain. Whenever someone visits your website, the server will display the content of this folder.Public_html directory in Hostinger's File Manager. Now that we know how to locate Hostinger’s File Manager let’s explore its components!

Navigating and Using the File Manager

To better understand how Hostinger’s File Manager works, we will split it into four sections and analyze each one in more detail.

Navigation Menu

The navigation menu is on the left side of the screen.The navigation bar of hPanel's File Manager. It allows you to see your current location and quickly jump through different directories within your account. The highlighted folder shows which one you are currently working on. In this case, it is public_html.

File Manager Bar Buttons

At the top-right corner of the Hostinger File Manager, you will see a variety of bar buttons.The display of Hostinger file manager's bar buttons. Let’s quickly overview what functions they provide from left to right:

  • New File – allows you to create a file in the folder you are browsing at the moment.
  • New Folder – lets you create a new directory.
  • Search – the button you click to find a particular file or folder.
  • Upload Files – opens a pop-up window that allows you to select a new file to upload.
  • Reload – refreshes the directory you are working on.
  • Icons and List – selecting this will alter the way you view the files.
  • Language –translates File Manager to another language. Aside from the default English, the choices are Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Russian, to mention a few.
  • Log Out – logs you out of your File Manager account.

File Management Area

The file management area in Hostinger’s File Manager lists the available files and folders in your working directory alongside the details of their sizes, creation dates, and permissions.The file management area of hpanel's file manager.

Context Menu

The context menu will be activated once a specific file or directory is selected. The same function can also be achieved by right-clicking.The context menu of hPanel's File Manager. Let’s see what each of these functions does from left to right:

  • Open – opens the chosen file or directory.
  • Download – it simply downloads the selected file.
  • Rename – lets you edit the name of a file or folder.
  • Move – allows you to transfer the selected file or folder to another directory. After clicking it, this popup will appear:
    This image shows the process of moving a file in hpanel's file manager.You can click Change to choose your destination directory.
  • Copy – select this option to duplicate a file or folder to the same or different location. The process is similar to the Move settings.
  • Edit – only text files are editable. You won’t see this option in the context menu for videos, pictures, etc.
  • Permissions – specifies authorization with the read, write, or execute file options. Simply check the boxes you need and press Change.
    Hostinger file manager file permission options.
  • Compress –as its name says, it lets you compress a file or folder into an archived format. You will now see an Extract button when a zipped file is selected.
  • Delete – permanently erases the selected file or folder.


In this short tutorial, we have learned how to use Hostinger’s File Manager through its functions and features. It is a convenient and efficient tool for data management that every website enthusiasts will find useful.

If you have any tips or tricks on using this tool that you wish to share, feel free to do so in the comments below!

The Author


Domantas G. / @domantas

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.


harish Reply

July 20 2017

there is no file manger option in files.. it all have only file manger2 option.if i click it then it redirects to this site


Phalguni Reply

November 13 2017

where is the settings option in file manager? I want to use .htaccess which is hidden and can access by unhiding it from settings.


Gowtham Sooryaraj Reply

July 09 2020

how can i extract the file in folder not from import website


    Tomislav T.

    Replied on July 14 2020

    Hey there! You can extract it by first uploading it directly via file manager, or via an FTP client, and then extracting it by right clicking on it and clicking Extract :)

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