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This function prints the contents of a file to the web browser.


cPanel API 1 is deprecated. Do not use this function. Instead, we strongly recommend that you use the following newer functions:


In cPanel & WHM version 76 and later, when you disable the File Storage role, the system disables this function.


 LiveAPI PHP Class
$cpanel = new CPANEL(); // Connect to cPanel - only do this once.
$print_file_contents = $cpanel->api1('Fileman', 'getfile', array('public_html','myfile.txt')); // Call the function.


For more information, read our Guide to the LiveAPI System.

 LiveAPI Perl Module
my $cpliveapi = Cpanel::LiveAPI->new(); # Connect to cPanel - only do this once.
my $print_file_contents = $cpliveapi->api1('Fileman', 'getfile' ['public_html', 'myfile.txt']); # Call the function.


For more information, read our Guide to the LiveAPI System.

 cPanel Tag System (deprecated)


In cPanel & WHM version 11.30 and later, cPanel tags are deprecated. We provide this example to help developers move from the old cPanel tag system to our LiveAPI system. We strongly recommend that you only use the LiveAPI system to call the cPanel APIs.

<cpanel Module="Fileman::getfile ( $FORM('dir','file'))">
 Command Line
cpapi1 --user=username Fileman getfile public_html myfile.txt


  • You must URI-encode these values.
  • username represents your account-level username.
  • For more information and additional output options, read our Guide to cPanel API 1 documentation or run the cpapi1 --help command.
  • If you run CloudLinux™, you must use the full path of the cpapi1 command:


These are the contents of the file.


ParameterTypeDescriptionPossible valuesExample

The file's directory.

This value defaults to the user's /home directory.

Any valid directory, relative to the cPanel account's /home directory.public_html


The file to display.

Any valid file name.myfile.txt


This function returns the file's contents.