How To View .htaccess

Viewing your .htaccess file can be a great way to troubleshoot common problems, however sometimes your FTP client won't show your .htaccess file by default.

All that you need to do is to enable "View Hidden Files/Folders" in your FTP program's settings.

Configuring your FTP client to show hidden files is a process that differs significantly from each FTP client. Instructions for doing so using many popular FTP clients can be found below:

In Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver won't display hidden files in Site View. You can either use another FTP program or you can use your filemanager.

In The cPanel Filemanager

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Select the 'web' folder

Step 3: Select Preferences from the tools menu.

Step 4: Tick the 'File Display' -' Do you want to show hidden files?' checkbox (NB: The directory will refresh showing the hidden files.)

Step 5: You can then delete / copy / move the file using the Commands menu.

In CuteFTP

Step 1: Go to Sitemanager.

Step 2: Choose the connection and click edit.

Step 3: Make sure filters is checked.

Step 4: Press the filter button towards the bottom.

Step 5: Check [Enable remote filters (Server applied filter)]

Step 6: In the box below add -al

Step 7: Hit apply, now log in with that connection.


Right click on the connection before logging on, select "properties", then select the "startup" tab. On this screen you shall see a box that says "Remote file mask". In this box place "-al", then log in.

In Fetch

Step 1: Open the Preferences.

Step 2: Click on the 'Misc' tab

Step 3: Click on the 'Obscure Options' popup menu.

Step 4: Check the 'Send LIST -al to UNIX servers'

In BBEdit

Click the checkbox that says 'Show Files Starting with "."'

In Transmit

Step 1: Open the Preferences.

Step 2: Click on 'Files' in the Toolbar.

Step 3: Check the box that says 'Show all Hidden Files."

In FTP Voyager

Step 1: Select a profile in the FTP Site Profile Manager.

Step 2: Click on the 'Advanced' button.

Step 3: Select the category 'Connection'.

Step 4: Enter "-la" in the Extra LIST Parameter.

In SecureFX

Step 1: Right click on the connection before logging on.

Step 2: Select "properties".

Step 3: Select Category > Options > FTP.

Step 4: On this screen you shall see a box that says "Directory Listing Options". Select the option "All entries", then log in.

In LeechFTP

Step 1: Run Leech FTP

Step 2: Select "File", "Options"

Step 3: Select "Transfers" tab

Step 4: In the "List Command" box enter "LIST-a" (no quotes)

Step 5: Click "Accept"

Step 6: Log in and view directory, all is well.

In Internet Explorer

Login to your ftp site

In the menu bar, click Tools -> Folder Options

Click tab "View"

Under Files and Folders is a section called "Hidden Files and Folders"

Click "Show hidden files and folders"




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