Transferring Files to and from cPanel: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of transferring files to and from cPanel. As a website owner or developer using cPanel Studio, understanding how to efficiently manage your files is crucial for maintaining and updating your website. This step-by-step guide will provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to transfer files seamlessly.

Understanding cPanel File Manager

Before we dive into the file transfer process, let's familiarize ourselves with cPanel's File Manager. This powerful built-in file management tool allows you to navigate, upload, download, and organize your website's files directly from your cPanel account.

To access the File Manager:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account using your credentials.
  2. Scroll down to the "Files" section and click on the "File Manager" icon.

Uploading Files to cPanel

Now that you have access to the File Manager, follow these steps to upload files to your cPanel account:

  1. Select the directory where you want to upload your files (e.g., public_html for your website's root folder).
  2. Click on the "Upload" button located in the File Manager's toolbar.
  3. A new window will appear. Click on the "Choose File" button to browse and select the files from your local machine that you wish to upload.
  4. Once you've selected the files, click the "Upload" button to initiate the file transfer process.
  5. You can monitor the progress of the upload in the "In Progress" tab.

Downloading Files from cPanel

If you need to download files from your cPanel account, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the location of the file you wish to download within the File Manager.
  2. Select the file(s) you want to download.
  3. Click on the "Download" button located in the File Manager's toolbar.
  4. The file(s) will be downloaded to your local machine's default downloads folder.

Transferring Files to/from cPanel Using FTP Clients

In addition to using cPanel's File Manager, you can transfer files to and from your cPanel account using FTP clients like FileZilla or Cyberduck. Here's how:

  1. Install an FTP client of your choice and launch it.
  2. Enter the FTP credentials provided by your web hosting provider (host, username, password, and port) or cPanel account.
  3. Connect to the server using the connect button or command.
  4. Once connected, you can see your local machine's file system on one side of the FTP client and the remote cPanel server's file system on the other.
  5. To upload files, navigate to the local file directory, select the files, and drag them to the desired location on the cPanel server.
  6. To download files, navigate to the cPanel server's file directory, select the files, and drag them to the local machine's desired location.


Understanding how to transfer files to and from cPanel is an essential skill for website owners and developers. Whether you choose to use cPanel's File Manager or utilize an FTP client, following the step-by-step process outlined in this guide will enable you to efficiently manage your website's files. By mastering file transfer, you'll have the confidence to update, organize, and maintain your website effectively.