How do you password protect a file on my hosting

Gmeister4

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I could use the function in my web hosting panel to protect a folder with my password but I could not find a same function for protecting a file. Do you guys know?
 

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Hi Gmeister4,

To password protect an individual file:


1. Create a file named .htpasswd and place it above your root directory, so visitors can't access it. For example /home/accountname/.htpasswd
2. Create an encrypted password using htpasswd (if you have command linux access) or use a tool such as http://www.htaccesstools.com/htpasswd-generator/
3. add the generated username and password to the .htpasswd file, should look something like: privateuser:$apr1$G6l1bvsQ$Bop16v4jbGOlDd/3.YdFl0
4. Navigate to the directory where the file that you would like to password protect is located.
5. create a .htaccess file in this directory and add the following to the file.

<FilesMatch "examplefile.extension">
AuthName "Private"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /home/username/.htpasswd
require valid-user
</FilesMatch>
replace examplefile.extension with your file's actual name.
This will protect only the specified file.
 

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If you are using cPanel it is as easy as clicking on "Password Protect Directories"
This is not what the OP asked, restricting access per file is not functionality that cPanel provides
 
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