How to show hidden files in FTP

Some FTP programs don't show hidden files such as .htaccess files by default. In Filezilla, a popular FTP program which you can download for free, you view hidden files as follows:

  1. Open the Filezilla FTP program.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen select Server.
  3. Select Force showing hidden files.
  4. In the Remote Site panel on the right, you should now see all of your files including any hidden ones.

Please Note: Files are normally hidden for a reason and editing them can break things. Please be sure you know which files you are editing and if unsure, seek advice from a web developer.

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