Is it possible to copy a folder from a cpanel account to another cpanel account without first downloading to home pc ?

I have some issues with the upload speed of my internet connection so i prefer not to download it to home pc first.

Both cpanel accounts are on the same hosting server and I have access to whm under which both cpanel accounts have been created.

  • Does your Host Have a WebFTP Interface? Yoy may be able to from there
    – eyoung100
    Jul 23, 2014 at 20:49
  • Do you have shell access to do a cp (copy) command? That may be your best answer.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 23, 2014 at 21:24

2 Answers 2


Connect to your server with SSH and use the cp command to copy the files

Some basic examples of cp here http://www.computerhope.com/unix/ucp.htm

Other people have asked a similar question on cpanel.net and they got the same answer to use SSH


rsync is another command you should look into

  • mv is move which is not copy. mv will remove the original files from the original location. The OP uses the term copy. mv can be dangerous. OP, use cp to copy. As well, the OP would have to check file ownership which may or may not not change. Can you edit your answer to reflect these? I would love to up-vote your answer.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 23, 2014 at 22:08
  • @closetnoc edited
    – Anagio
    Jul 23, 2014 at 23:44
  • Excellent! Thank you. mv scares me... is it just me or everyone??
    – closetnoc
    Jul 23, 2014 at 23:46
  • Not as much as working from #
    – Anagio
    Jul 23, 2014 at 23:46
  • If trying to copy cross account, you may need to use the -p (preserve) or -a (archive mode) flag on copy, then chown the copied file(s), else stuff may not run.
    – dhaupin
    Jul 26, 2016 at 15:56

If you're copying within the same cPanel account then you can use the File Manager for this purpose. Simply right-click the file or folder and choose "Copy".

cPanel file manager copy

If the file needs to be copied to another cPanel account, then you may need root-level SSH access to the server, or if you don't have root access, you might be able to connect to an SSH shell and then use SCP/FTP to transfer the files between the two accounts.

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