Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How do I show hidden files with FTP Clients?

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 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
How To do:

- site manager
- right click the site
- properties (option)
- actions (tab)
- filter ... (button)
- tick enable server site filtering (checkbox)
- set the remote filter to "-a" (textbox) WITHOUT the quotes
- OK
- OK or Connect

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 IE:
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"

Step 1: Go to the site profiles manager (Ctrl+W)
Step 2: Go to the properties of the site (left click -> properties, or select and Alt+Enter)
Step 3: Click on "Folders" in this list on the left
Step 4: Under "Folder Listing Command:", select the "Use custom value:" radio button and type "LIST -al" into the dropdown menu immediately below.
Step 5: Click "OK"

In FileZilla:
Edit -> Settings -> Remote file list
Be sure that "Always show hidden files" is checked.

In fireFTP
Step 1: Run fireFTP
Step 2: Select Preferences (Alt+R)
Step 3: Select the "General" tab
Step 4: Select "Show Hidden FIles"
Step 5: Click "OK"