Learn how to set up file permissions on your files in the ACC.


This video will take you through setting up file permissions in the Account Control Center.

The first step is to log in to the Account Control Center. Once logged in, click File in the left sidebar. A drop-down will appear. In the dropdown, choose the directory you want to browse: Home, Web, or FTP. I’m going to click Web. You can set the file permissions for directories or specific files. I’m going to set file permissions for a specific file. So I’m going to click example.txt. Here you can see the file’s current permissions. If you want to change them, go up in the file’s nav bar, here, and click Change Permissions.

This will take you to the Change File Permissions interface. You can decide who can Read, Write, or Execute this file in this area right here.

Someone with read permission may read the contents of a file, or list the contents of a directory.

Someone with write permission may modify the contents of a file, including adding, changing, or deleting file contents. For directories, this means that someone with write permission may create or delete files within the directory.

Someone with execute permission may run an executable file or access the contents of a directory.

The “access classes” can be seen here, lined up across the top. The first is User. This refers to the person who created the file. The second access class is Group. If the file is in a group, the Group access class will allow those who have access to the group to also access this file. The last access class is World. This refers to everyone else.  

To make file permission changes, simply check the checkboxes that correspond to the type of action you want to allow that access class. For example, if I want to let the world Read this file, I would check the box over here under World and across from Read.

Depending on the checkboxes you check, the number down here next to Permission will change. There are eight possible numbers used to express permissions. If you would like to change the permissions that way, you may also do that. For example, if I wanted to change this file permissions to 755, I could just type it in here. See how it changes the checked boxes based on the number I put in? If you are familiar with file permissions numbers, this is a quick way to change permissions.

When you have changed the file permissions to your liking, click Change Permissions.

And that’s it. If you have any questions, check out our knowledgebase or contact our support team at support@pair.com.