How to view hidden files in an FTP client


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

You should be using SFTP to connect (rather than FTP) since SFTP ensures a secure connection to your server.

If you are already connecting using SFTP, you may already be able to see hidden files. This depends on the client you're using.

Using FileZilla

  1. Click the Server tab at the top.
  2. Select Force showing hidden files.
    07 Filezilla.fw.png

Using CuteFTP 9.0

  1. Right-click within the server side window.
  2. Select the Filter… option
  3. Under Server side filtering, select the Enable server side filtering (server applies filters) check box.
  4. Type -al in the Remote filter field box.
  5. Click Apply.
    08 CuteFTP.fw.png

Using Fetch

  1. Upon opening Fetch, you will be presented with the following connection settings screen. Here is an example of connecting with a user named 'user' on the server charles-pickney:
    01 FTP Fetch Connection Info.png
  2. After you log in, you'll see the content of your web server:
    02 FTP Fetch connected.png
  3. Enable hidden files by navigating to 'Fetch > 'Preferences':
    03 FTP Fetch preferences.png
  4. Select the Miscellaneous tab.
    1. Make sure 'Omit hidden items whose names begin with a period' is UN-checked.
    2. Check the box for 'Use 'LIST -al' command to reveal hidden items'.
    04 FTP Fetch preferences screen.png
  5. After making this change, be sure to refresh your view by going to 'View > Refresh':
    05 FTP Fetch refresh view.png

Using Transmit

  1. When you open Transmit, to the right you'll see your connection settings. This is a screenshot using an FTP user named 'user' and a server named 'charles-pickney':
    FTP Transmit connection screen.png
  2. Once connected, you can enable hidden files by going to the menu at the top and selecting 'View > Show Invisible Files':
    FTP Transmit show hidden files.png

Using FTP Voyager

  1. Select the Site Profiles Manager option at the top left.
  2. Select Advanced Options on the window that comes up
  3. Select the Connection tab on the Site Profile Advanced Options window that opens.
  4. Under the General column, type the following next to the LIST Parameter field:
    [server]$ -la
  5. Click OK.
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