FileManagers are features that allow easy maneuvering through the file system of a given computer. Each Operating System has such a feature. If you are a Windows user, you should be accustomed to it. Linux does not have a native FileManager, as the typical Unix environment usually lacks a GUI (Graphical User Interface). This has not stopped the vast community, and they have all built various software that implement a FileManager to a Unix-based machine, allowing users to take advantage of them. Such is the case with cPanel. Our hosting solutions are Linux-based, and in order to alleviate our client - we integrated the most powerful hosting platform, which also coincidently utilizes an easy-to-use FileManager.
The TYPO3 developers have decided to go a step further and implement a FileManager feature directly into the admin dashboard. Their goal is to create a Backed, that allows the user to manage anything related to the software without the need for other control panels - a consolidated environment designed with ease of access in mind.
In this tutorial, we will go over the “Filelist” feature, which will allow you to easily manage your files from the convenience of your admin dashboard. Let’s begin.
To access the “Filelist” feature, you need to log into your admin dashboard first. To do that, please add “/typo3” to your domain name - for example, “mycms.com/typo3” where “mycms.com” is your actual domain.
Accessing the mentioned URL will show a login page, where you have to enter your login credentials to access the backend. We also highly recommend checking our TYPO3 Backend Overview tutorial, which introduces the basics.
Once you have logged into your dashboard, please point your attention to the left, where you will see the module menu.
Right under the “File” section, you will see the “Filelist” option. When you click on it, the page will be refreshed, and you will see a view similar to the Page Tree, explained the How to use the Page Tree to add pages in TYPO3 tutorial.
You can refer to it as the “File Tree”, and all the folders will be mounted to the “fileadmin” folder located in the root directory of the application.
In the middle of the screen, you will see a table section, which is populated by all the folders mounted to the “fileadmin” folder. These would typically be form definition files, user-uploaded files, and temporary files.
Above this table section, you will see a search field, allowing you to look for specific files or folders.
Underneath the table section populating the files and folders, you will see three checkboxes. When checked, the “Extended View” option displays a few additional icons corresponding to the row within the table. Let’s review what each icon represents and allows you to do.
To navigate through the files, all you need to do is left-click on the selected folder to enter it and show its contents.
To go back to the previous directory, please click the icon above the search bar, resembling a curved arrow pointing up.
To add content in the current directory, please click the icon resembling a plus (+) sign, above the search bar.
When clicked, the functionality will allow you to add three types of content:
To upload a file from your local device into the current directory, please click on the icon resembling a disk with an arrow pointing upwards.
There you have it! The Filelist feature of TYPO3 explained in all of its entirety. Hopefully, after you have followed the tutorial, you are now well-aware of how to use it properly!
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