PAFM: No-Frills Web-Based File Manager

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 17, 2012 GMT
Dmitri Popov

PHP Ajax File Manager (PAFM) is decidedly bare-bones, but this simple application can come in handy when you need to set up a web-based file manager on your server in a pinch. Indeed, deploying PAFM requires only a few simple steps and can be done in a matter of minutes. Grab the latest version of PAFM from the project's GitHub repository, and unpack the downloaded archive. Open the pafm.php file in a text editor and edit the following two lines:

define('PASSWORD', 'auth');
define('ROOT', '.');

In the first line, replace auth with the password you want, and in the second line specify the path to the directory PAFM should use as its root. Upload the entire pafm to your server, and you are done. Point your browser to (replace with the actual IP address or domain name of your server), and log in using the specified password to access PAFM.

PAFM's interface won't win any prizes for its looks, but it does the job pretty well. Using the available buttons, you can quickly upload multiple files as well as create files and directories. Next to each file and directory, there are shortcut buttons that let you copy, rename, move, and delete a specific file or directory. PAFM also features a built-in text editor where you can modify text-based files directly on the server. Better yet, using the CodeMirror button, you can easily install the CodeMirror editor designed specifically for working with popular languages like PHP, JavaScript, Python, etc.

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