Plesk File Manager Overview

Plesk provides a built-in file manager so you can manage all the files on your subscription. You can access the File Manager by going to the Websites & Domains tab and selecting File Manager from the icons on the page.

The various features and functions of the File Manager are covered in the following article.

Tools

In the Tools section of the File Manager page, there are two buttons:

  • Add New Directory - creates a new directory (the Linux name for a folder)
  • Add New File - creates a new, blank file or allows you to upload a file

Files

In the Files section of the File Manager, there is a listing of all the files and directories in the root level of your account. Clicking on any of the directory names will take you inside the directory. Clicking on a filename will show you the file's contents if they are a text format.

File Listing

The file listing contains the following columns:

  • Name - shows the file name
  • Size - For files, this column will show the size of the file on disk, but directories will only show the size of the directory entry and not the total size of all the files within it. To see the size of a directory's contents:
    1. Select the checkbox to the left of the directory's name.
    2. Click Calculate Size in the toolbar, and the Size column will update to show the new value.
  • Tools - shows options available for a directory
  • Permissions - shows permissions set for a directory
  • Modification date - shows when the file or directory was last modified on the server
  • User - shows which Linux system user owns the file or directory
  • Group - specifies which system group to use for any permissions
    • The root, psasrv, and psacln users and groups are administrative and will be shown for some of the users and files in the list; the ownership should not (and sometimes cannot) be changed without a very good reason to prevent problems.
    • The psacln group should be on any files the web server is able to access.

Navigating Directories

If you are in a directory that is below your subscription's root level, there is a ".." directory at the top which is the Linux idiom for "up one directory." You can use this link to navigate backwards.

In addition, there are breadcrumb navigation lines just above and below the listing that you can use to navigate up more than a single directory at a time; and to the right of those is a selection to limit the number of entries displayed.

Toolbar

In the toolbar, you will find several additional tool buttons. Each one of these buttons operates on files selected by means of marking the checkbox next to the file name.

  • Remove will delete a file or a whole directory of files.
  • Change Timestamp will update the file directory creation date.
  • Copy/Move will either move or copy the selected file or directory to another location.
  • Calculate Size will calculate the size of a selected directory.
  • Extract Files will unpackage archived files.
  • Add to Archive will package several selected files into a zip archive.

Upload Files

To upload a file, click Add New File in the Tools section. You will be prompted with a menu that will allow you to create a new file or upload a file of your own. In most cases, you'll want to upload a file.

To upload several files, the best way to do this is to package them as a .zip archive file, upload it and then select Extract Files from the toolbar of the Files section.


Copy or Move Files

If you want to copy or move a file:

  1. Select the checkbox next to one of the files in the listing.
  2. Click Copy/Move from the toolbar. You will be brought to a menu that let's you specify where the file should go.
  3. Once you have chosen a path, click Move or Copy to finish the task.

The file will be copied or moved into place; otherwise, an error message will inform you of what went wrong.

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