Using WebFTP

DreamHost offers an FTP client in the panel called 'WebFTP' that you can use to connect to your webserver. The instructions below describe how to use this feature in the DreamHost panel.

Logging into your server using WebFTP

Your site must be Fully Hosted in order to log in to it.

  1. Navigate to the Manage Domains page.
  2. Under your domain, click the 'WebFTP' link. This automatically logs you into the WebFTP server.
    After you successfully log into WebFTP, the files and directories under under this domain:
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Navigating directories

To enter into a directory, click on it:

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The page automatically loads the directory.

To navigate out of the directory, click the up arrow icon:

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This returns you to the directory just above the current directory.

Uploading files or folders

Uploads are limited to 1GB.

  1. Log into WebFTP using the instructions in the above section.
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  2. To upload files, click the upload icon on the bottom left.
  3. Select an option from the menu.
    A pop-up window appears allowing you to locate the file/folder to upload.

Downloading files and folders

Downloads are limited to 1GB.

This section explains how to download files or folders from the web server to your computer.

  1. Log into WebFTP using the instructions in the above section.
  2. In your web directory, right-click the file you wish to download.
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    You can also click the file to highlight it, then click the download icon on the bottom toolbar.

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  3. Click the Download button.
  • Depending on your browser, you are either prompted to confirm the download or it downloads automatically (no prompt).
  • Folders are downloaded as .zip files.

Fetching a file from a URL

This option allows you to download a file from an external location by using the file's URL.

  1. Log into WebFTP using the instructions in the above section.
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  2. In the bottom toolbar, click the 'Fetch' icon.
    A pop-up displays where you can enter the URL of the file you wish to download:
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  3. Click the OK button to download the file.

Editing files

  1. Log into WebFTP using the instructions in the above section.
  2. Right-click a file to open an editing options menu.
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  3. In the menu, select 'Edit'. The source editor opens where you can make adjustments to your file.
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  4. After you finish editing the file, click the Save button on the bottom right to save your changes.
  5. When finished, click the Close button to go back to the previous listing of files.

Creating a new file or folder

You can create a file or folder within WebFTP.

  1. In the bottom toolbar, click the Create icon.
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  2. From the menu, select either 'New File' or 'New Folder'.
    A pop-up displays where you can name the new file or new folder.
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  3. Enter a name for the file or folder, and then click the OK button to save it.

    If you are creating a file, the file editor opens where you can add content to the file.

Changing permissions

File permissions control access to a file or folder. You can read more about permissions the following knowledge base article:

You can change the permissions on a file or folder within WebFTP.

  1. Right click the file/folder.
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  2. From the menu, select 'CHMOD'.
    You can also click the file/folder to highlight it, then click the icon in the bottom toolbar:
    webftp changing permissions
    A pop-up window appears:
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  3. In the pop-up, adjust the permissions as needed. You can also type in the number value for the permissions.

Deleting a file or folder

  1. Right click the file or folder.
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  2. From the pop-up window, select 'Delete'.
    You can also click the item to highlight it, then click the delete icon in the bottom toolbar:
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