If you are using FireFTP than you are not able to view .htaccess file when you connect to ftp. .htaccess is invisible in FireFTP by default. You have to enable it in order to display it in the listing. .htaccess is hidden file and FireFTP make it invisible. To enable it and show it every time when you login with FTP, follow below steps.
1. Open FireFTP
2. Click on Tools and select Options
3. In General Tab, check “Show hidden files” checkbox and Click OK.
4. Re-Connect to FTP.
5. You are done.
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