Locate your .htaccess file

In the UNIX and Linux file systems, the names of hidden files are preceded by a period (such as .htaccess and .htpasswd). Fileman and many FTP applications do not display such hidden files by default.

Use the following instructions to display hidden files in Fileman and other popular FTP applications.


  1. Open the server directory in FTP.
  2. Right-click in the file listing window.
  3. Select Directory Commands > List Mode > Advanced.
  4. Refresh the list view.
    Hidden files should now be visible.


  1. Open the Site Manager.
  2. Choose the connection and click Edit.
  3. Ensure that Filters is selected.
  4. Click the Filter button towards the bottom.
  5. Select Enable remote filters (Server applied filter).
  6. In the box, type -al.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Log in with that connection.

Dreamweaver (versions earlier than Creative Suite 4)

  1. Click the Options icon, and navigate to View > Show Hidden Files.
  2. Disconnect from and then reconnect to your server.
    The files should now be visible.

Dreamweaver (Creative Suite 4 and later)

  1. Click the Options icon, and navigate to View > Show Hidden Files.
    The Files tab is in a tab group with a small arrow icon to the far right.
  2. Click this arrow.
  3. In the popup menu, choose View > Show Hidden Files.
  4. Disconnect from and then reconnect to your server.
    The files should now be visible.


  1. Open Preferences.
  2. Click Misc.
  3. Click Obscure Options.
  4. Select Send LIST -al to UNIX servers.


  1. At the top of the screen, click the Prefs button on the Tool menu.
  2. Select the Show Hidden Files? check box.
  3. Click Save.

FileZilla 2

  1. Start FileZilla and then select the View menu.
  2. Select Show Hidden Files.

FileZilla 3

  1. Start FileZilla, and then select the Server menu.
  2. Select Force Showing Hidden Files.

FTP Voyager

  1. In the FTP Site Profile Manager, select a profile.
  2. Click the Advanced button.
  3. Select the Connection category.
  4. Type -la in the Extra LIST Parameter.


  1. Run LeechFTP.
  2. Select File > Options.
  3. Select the Transfers tab.
  4. In the List Command box, type LIST-a.
  5. Click Accept.
  6. Log in and view the directory.


  1. Before logging on, right-click the connection and select Properties.
  2. Select Category > Options > FTP.
  3. For Directory Listing Options, select All entries.
  4. Log in.

Smart FTP

  1. From the SmartFTP menu, select Favorites > Edit Favorites.
    The SmartFTP Favorites window appears.
  2. Right-click the appropriate favorite and select Properties.
    The Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Under the FTP option, select Transfer.
  4. On the Transfer tab, under Directory Listing Options, enable the options [-a] Show All Files and [-L] Resolve Links.


  1. In Transmit, open the Preferences.
  2. In the toolbar, click Files.
  3. Select the Show All Hidden Files option.


  1. In WS_FTP, click Connect.
  2. Right-click the site that you want to modify, and select Properties.
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. In the Remote File Mask box, type -a, and then click OK to confirm.

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