File Browser and all of its supported static website generators can be used as a Caddy plugin. Right now, it takes form of three different plugins: http.filemanager, http.hugo (with Hugo) and http.jekyll (with Jekyll).


filemanager [url] [scope] {
    database            path
    recaptcha_key       key
    recaptcha_secret    secret
    locale              [en|jp|...]
    allow_commands      [true|false]
    allow_edit          [true|false]
    allow_new           [true|false]
    allow_publish       [true|false]
    commands            cmd1 cmd2...
    css                 path
  • url is the URL path where you will access File Browser. Defaults to /.
  • database is the path for the database where the settings will be stored.
  • no_auth disables the authentication. This should be enabled if you will use another login method (such as basicauth).
  • recaptcha_key and recaptcha_secret are the Site Key and Secret Key used to enable ReCaptcha on login.
  • alternative_recaptcha replaces to in ReCaptcha handling and serving, especially useful in China. See gh-filebrowser#366 for details. Defaults to false.

The following options are mere defaults: they will only be used as the default options for new users. After creating a user, its settings should be changed through the Web UI. Although, when using no_auth option, the following will define the user permissions.

  • scope is the path, relative or absolute, to the directory you want to browse in. Defaults to ./.
  • locale is the default language for new users (available languages).
  • allow_commands is the default value for allow commands option.
  • allow_edit is the default value for allow edit option.
  • allow_new is the default value for allow new option.
  • allow_publish is the default value for allow publish option.
  • commands are the default available commands.
  • css is the path for a file with a custom stylesheet.

If you’re using http.hugo, http.jekyll or any other plugin which uses File Browser as base, the initial syntax is a little bit different. The scope and url options are inverted and you should write the name of the plugin instead of filemanager.

[staticgen] [scope] [url] {
    # options...

About the database

By default the database will be stored on .caddy directory, in a sub-directory called filemanager. Each file name is an hash of the combination of the host and the base URL.

If you don’t set a database path and you change the host or the base URL, your settings will be reset. So it is highly recommended to set this option. While you don’t set it, you’ll receive a warning telling you the value you should use for the current database.

When you set a relative path, it will always be relative to .caddy/filemanager directory. Although, you may also use an absolute path if you wish to store the database in other place.