A symbolic link creates a file in your directory and acts as a shortcut to a file or folder.
For example: I have a directory- let's say example.com. However, I want a shortcut to another directory within the example.com. To do this, you would create a symbolic link.
Creating a Symlink in the ACC
You can create a symbolic link directly in the Account Control Center (ACC). To do so, follow these steps:
- Log in to your Account Control Center (ACC)
- In the left sidebar, click Files
- In the drop-down, click the directory you wish to visit. You can choose between:
- Once in your directory of choice, navigate to the location where you wish to place the symbolic link.
For example, if you want your symbolic link in a sub directory named Example, then you should open the Example directory before completing the next steps.
- In the top navigation bar, click the Create Link button
- On the next page, double check the Current Directory file path and make sure it is correct. This is the file path to the location where the symbolic link will be placed.
- Next, fill out the fields:
Source Filename This should be the file path to the new location you want the symbolic link to link to. Link Filename This is a nickname for the symbolic link so that you can easily identify it.
- Once the fields have been filled out, click the Make Symbolic Link button
Creating a Symlink via SSH
If you prefer to use terminal or command prompt to create a symbolic link, you can do that, too. To do so, follow these steps:
- Connect to your hosting account via SSH
- Use ls and cd to navigate to the directory where you would like the symbolic link to be placed
- Once there, run the command:
ln -s [source-filename] [link-filename]
Replace [source-filename] with the file or folder you want to link to and the [link-filename] with what you want to name the link.
For example, this could look like:
ln -s usr/home/username/public_html/directory1 MyNewSymlink
This will create a symbolic link in your current location.
How to Delete a Symbolic Link in the ACC
Once you have created a symbolic link in the Account Control Center, it will appear in your file directory. However, if you no longer require the symbolic link, you can delete it by following these steps:
- Navigate to the file directory where your symbolic link was created
- Find your symbolic link. It will have an arrow icon next to it, like in the example image below
- Click on the link name
- On the next page, click the Delete button in the toolbar
- The next page will ask you to confirm. Click the Delete button to do so.