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How to Find File URL

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Understanding how to find a file's URL is crucial for efficient digital management and sharing. This guide offers a straightforward approach to locating the web address of any file, simplifying sharing and organization. Let's take a look at how to do it in our step-by-step guide.

Finding the URL of a File

  1. Log in to FTP or File Manager and note the parent folder where your file is stored (normally the public_html folder).
  2. Double-click the appropriate folder icon to navigate inside public_html.

    If you are unfamiliar with the File Manager, please look at our Navigating the File Manager article.

  3. If you see the file here, you are done. If you need to navigate inside more folders to find your file, note each folder. (Folder names are case-sensitive, so you must use the exact capitalization and spelling).
  4. Once you locate your file, you should have noted the full path (a list of the folders you must go inside, respectively, to find that file).
  5. Add the file name, exactly as it appears, to the end of the path. (File names are case-sensitive, so you must use the exact capitalization and spelling).
    Here are some examples:
      public_html/My_Book.pdf
      public_html/images/banner25x120.JPG
      public_html/blog/includes/Movies/bigjump.avi
  6. Now replace "public_html" with http and your primary domain name (example.com in the examples below).
    Some examples:
      http://example.com/My_Book.pdf
      http://example.com/images/banner25x120.JPG
      http://example.com/blog/includes/Movies/bigjump.avi
  7. Try to browse these URLs, and you will see the file you uploaded.

URLs with Addon Domains and Subdomains

This can even be done for addon and subdomains. Just replace the public_html/subfolder/.

For example, if the addon domain is myblogdomain.com, the document root for that domain is the subfolder /myblogdomain/ (inside public_html, of course).

A path like public_html/myblogdomain/includes/Movies/bigjump.avi would become http://myblogdomain.com/includes/Movies/bigjump.avi.

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