VestaCP is a free VPS control panel. After installing it, we will find there’s no file management tools in Vesta. However, there actually is a “File Manager” plugin in VestaCP, which is deactived and hidden. If we want to use it, we need to pay for a licence key, but it’s unnecessary for most personal user of VestaCP to purchase. So here’s the way how to enable VestaCP File Manager for free.

First, we definitely need VestaCP fully installed.

After the installation, find the config file: /usr/local/vesta/conf/vesta.conf and edit it:

vi /usr/local/vesta/conf/vesta.conf


Add the below snippet to it:

FILEMANAGER_KEY=’xxxxxx’
#'xxxxxx' can be any string you like


Press Esc and type :wq! to save & exit.

Log in to the VestaCP web page, go to SERVER – CONFIGURING SERVER – Vesta Control Panel Plugins – File Manager:

Now we can find that the “File Manager” option has been set to “yes”, and the “Licence Key” has been filled with the value of FILEMANAGER_KEY we typed before:

Click on the “File Manager” in the banner:

Now we can use the file manager: