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How to view hidden files via FTP

The process of configuring your FTP client to show hidden files depends on the particular FTP client used.

Instructions for showing hidden files using many popular FTP clients can be found below:

In Dreamweaver:

Dreamweaver won't display hidden files. You can either use another FTP program or you can use the File Manager tool located in your Web Hosting Control Panel (Site Options > File Manager).

In CuteFTP:

  1. Go to Site Manager.
  2. Choose the connection and click Edit.
  3. Make sure Filters is checked.
  4. Press the Filter button towards the bottom.
  5. Check [Enable remote filters (Server applied filter)]
  6. In the box below add -al
  7. Hit Apply, now log in with that connection.


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:

  1. Open the Preferences.
  2. Click on the 'Misc' tab
  3. Click on the 'Obscure Options' popup menu.
  4. Check the 'Send LIST -al to UNIX servers'

In BBEdit:

Click the checkbox that says 'Show Files Starting with "."'

In Transmit:

  1. Open the Preferences.
  2. Click on 'Files' in the Toolbar.
  3. Check the box that says 'Show all Hidden Files."

In FTP Voyager:

  1. Select a profile in the FTP Site Profile Manager.
  2. Click on the 'Advanced' button.
  3. Select the category 'Connection'.
  4. Enter "-la" in the Extra LIST Parameter.

In SecureFX:

  1. Right click on the connection before logging on.
  2. Select "properties".
  3. Select Category > Options > FTP.
  4. On this screen you shall see a box that says "Directory Listing Options". Select the option "All entries", then log in.

In LeechFTP:

  1. Run Leech FTP
  2. Select "File", "Options"
  3. Select "Transfers" tab
  4. In the "List Command" box enter "LIST-a" (no quotes)
  5. Click "Accept"
  6. Log in and view directory, all is well.


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


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


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