Web File Browser

Web File Browser

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Web File Browser is a simple open-source file browser written in PHP (1 single file) that allows users to create, delete, edit, copy, rename, move and upload files and directories through a light, full-text, web-based interface.

Web File Browser snapshot

Up-to-date version is available at GitHub.


Copy the wfb.php file (and optionally the two directories wfbimages and wfbtrash) to your target directory in your web server's document root.

Start your favorite Web Browser and point to http://yourserver.yourdomain/yourdirectory/wfb.php.

You can also change the name of wfb.php to index.phpso as it is considered as the index file of your directory (whichever his name this file wont appear).

You may also want to put some user information in the wfbreadme.html.


Web File Browser allows you to customize some features such as:

  • Use optional icons or only text
  • Title, colors, sizes, ...
  • Enable/disable links on files
  • Enable/disable file uploads
  • Customize list of extensions that allow files to be edited
  • ...

Look at the source for optional customization.


Web File Browser includes a built-in authentication (look at the source).

You can also rely on your web server for authentication.

For instance with Apache you can setup a .htaccess file like this:

<Files "wfb.php">
    AuthType Basic
    AuthUserFile ".htpasswd"
    AuthName "webFileBrowser"
    Require valid-user


File upload does not work, what's wrong ?

There are two main reasons for that :

  • First, check your php.ini :
file_uploads = On 
upload_max_filesize = 2M 

and verify that the value in $uploadmaxsize variable is the same as this value (for instance 2M means 2 megabytes = 2097152 bytes)

  • Second, if you run your PHP-enabled web server under Linux/Unix, uploaded files (and created files/directories) are created under the ownership of the Unix user that runs your web server. As the PHP function chown() does not work unless this user is root (which is obviously a bad idea) it is not possible to chown files to another user after creation.

A simple workaround is to chown/chgrp your directories to the web browser user/group,

Another workaround is to add the web browser group to the secondary groups of the user owner of the directories (that's what I do). In that case remember to set $filemode to 0664 and $dirmode to 0775.

URL upload does not work, what's wrong ?

Check your php.ini :

allow_url_fopen = On

and keep in mind that only URL explicitly pointing to a file (such as http://myserver/myfile.txt) can be URL-uploaded.

How do I hide files ?

Customize $hidefilepattern so as it contains a regular expression matching the name of the files you want to hide. An example is given is the source to hide dot files.

Why delete action does not appear ?

When you delete a file Web File Browser just move it into the trash can directory. This directory (located in the base directory) must exists and be writeable, if not the delete button is inhibited.

You can customize its name using $trashcan.

Which web browsers are supported ?

Web File Browser has been tested on most browsers fro the last 10 years, it should work on yours ;-)


Some features that might be developed one day:

  • Handling of multiple uploads
  • Zip/Unzip files and directories
  • Reorganization of the code and added comments


Thanks to contributors, these language are supported:

  • English (corrected by Randall COHEN)
  • French
  • Spanish and Catalan thanks to Albert LOMBARTE
  • German thanks to Johannes EDER
  • Swedish thanks to Mikael WANBERG
  • Ukranian thanks to Dmytro KOVALOV
  • Dutch thanks to Luk VANLANDUYT
  • Norwegian thanks to Paul LOE
  • Finnish thanks to Petteri HIETAVIRTA
  • Turkish thanks to Tayfun BILSEL
  • Greek thanks to Balaskas EUAGGELOS
  • Polish thanks to Slawomir BROWKIN


  • Versions 0.1a, 0.2a and 0.3a were alpha versions not worth publishing...
  • Version 0.4b1 was first beta version.
  • Versions 0.4b2 and 0.4b3 fixed few bugs and added few sub-features
  • Versions 0.4b4, 0.4b5, 0.4b6 fixed few bugs and added trash can management
  • Version 0.4b7 added direct links to main directory and trash can and README file management
  • Version 0.4b8 fixed a few bugs, added file restore feature in trash can and added URL upload feature
  • Version 0.4b9 fixed a few bugs and added file aliasing feature
  • Version 0.4b10 added multilingual support
  • Version 0.4b11 fixed a few bugs regarding PHP warnings
  • Version 0.4b12 fixed issue with "register_globals", added search (thanks to Larry CHAFFIN for the idea) and download features, added images (thaks again Larry), added optionnal images, fixed few bugs
  • Version 0.4b13 reorganized PHP and generated HTML/JavaScript code, added help messages in the status bar, added multiple file selection (also fixed few bugs)
  • Version 0.4b14 added profile management and other authentication methods, fixed some tricky bugs (thanks to Jean-Jacques LE MOUEL)
  • Version 0.4b15 migrated to GitHub, started modernization


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation