How to Change File / Directory Permissions (chmod)

August 16th, 2009

chmod: Short for change mode, a UNIX command that changes the access permissions of files or directories in order to read, write or execute files.

Permissions can be a very important thing when it comes to your hosting account. Some permissions need to be set to allow certain files to write to it. Along with that, some files need to be perfected from writing to it for security. You can change the permissions in many ways.

Using File Manager:

One of the easy and basic ways to change the permissions is through File manager in cPanel. To change the permissions for a file or folder in cpanel, please do the following:

1. Click File Manager
2. Click the name of the file for which you would like to change the permissions for.
3. Select the Change Permissions link at the top right of the page.
4. Select the permissions you would like to set for the file.
5. Click Change Permissions

You have just changed the permissions for a file using File Manager.

Using FTP:

Connect to FTP. Go to the file and right click. Choose Permissions or Attributes or Properties (depends on your program).

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