Sometimes cPanel users complain that the '.env' file does not show. This is not just the case with '.env' files, but with files that begin with a dot, like '.htaccess'.
Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related cPanel queries.
Why does '.env' file not show in cPanel ?
'.env' files are actually a simple configuration text file that helps to define some variables that we want to pass into the application's environment.
When logging into cPanel to use the browser-based file manager, you may find that some files appear to be "missing" from the file manager.
By default, when we use the File Manager in cPanel, it doesn't show hidden files. Hidden files are any file that begins with a dot, such as .htaccess or .env.
The reason for this is to prevent these files from potentially being deleted. Enabling to view the hidden files is necessary for locating files that are not displayed.
How to resolve '.env' file not showing in cPanel ?
To make the hidden .env files show in cPanel, follow the steps given below:
- Log in to the cPanel account.
- Under Files click File Manager.
- Click Settings in the upper right corner.
- Select the Document Root and check the box for Show hidden files and click Save.
In x3 cPanel Theme:
- While using the x3 cPanel theme (most common) we will simply need to navigate to the bottom of the control panel page and locate the "Reset All Interface Settings" link.
- After clicking this link, we can now go back up to the file manager icon and click to enter the browser-based file manager.
- Once you have clicked to open the file manager, you should be presented with a similar popup window titled "File Manager Directory Selection".
- On the lower half of this popup preferences screen as shown above, simply check the box for "Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)" and then click "Go".
- Now, the hidden files will be displayed when opening the cPanel file manager.
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