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How to Add, Delete and Configure MIME types in cPanel

Managing MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) types is important for website administrators to control how different file formats are handled by browsers. MIME types instruct the web server about the type of files being transmitted, ensuring they are processed correctly by the browser. In this detailed blog, we’ll take a look at how you can add, delete, and configure MIME types in cPanel, one of the most popular web hosting control panels.

This blog is a part of our cPanel server management services where we make sure your cPanel server works efficiently with any issues.

Understanding MIME Types

Before we delve into the specifics of modifying MIME types in cPanel, it’s essential to know what MIME types are. Essentially, a MIME type is a way of specifying the nature and format of a document, file, or assortment of bytes. It’s used by web servers to understand how to treat different types of files. For example, the MIME type image/png indicates that a file is a PNG image.

Accessing the MIME Types Tool in cPanel

  • Log in to cPanel: Access your cPanel account by entering your username and password.
  • Find the MIME Types Tool: Once logged in, navigate to the “Advanced” section of cPanel and click on the “MIME Types” icon. This action will open the MIME Types configuration page.

Adding a New MIME Type

Adding a new MIME type is straightforward in cPanel and allows your web server to handle new file types appropriately.

  • Specify the MIME Type: On the MIME Types page, you’ll find a section labelled “Add a MIME Type.” Here, input the desired MIME type in the “MIME Type” text box. For example, if you’re adding support for a new image format, you might enter image/example.
  • Enter the Extension: Next, specify the file extension that corresponds to the MIME type in the “Extension(s)” text box, such as .example for the earlier MIME type.
  • Save Your Changes: Click the “Add” button to save the new MIME type. The web server will now recognize files with the specified extension according to the newly added MIME type.

Deleting a MIME Type

If a certain MIME type is no longer needed or was added by mistake, it can be easily removed.

  • Locate the MIME Type: On the MIME Types configuration page, scroll down to the “User Defined MIME Types” section. Here, you’ll see a list of MIME types that have been added manually.
  • Delete the MIME Type: Find the MIME type you wish to delete and click the “Delete” link next to it. Confirm the deletion if prompted.

Configuring MIME Types

While adding and deleting MIME types covers most needs, sometimes you might need to modify an existing MIME type. This can be more complex, as cPanel does not directly support editing MIME types through the UI.

  • Access File Manager: For more advanced configurations, such as modifying an existing MIME type, you’ll need to access the “.htaccess” file in the root directory of your website through cPanel’s File Manager.
  • Edit .htaccess: Locate and edit the “.htaccess” file. Here, you can add directives to modify MIME types. For example, AddType application/x-httpd-php .html would process .html files as PHP.
  • Save Changes: After making your changes, save the “.htaccess” file. The modifications will take effect immediately.


Managing MIME types in cPanel is a powerful way to ensure your web server accurately handles different types of files. Whether you’re adding support for new file formats, removing unnecessary MIME types, or configuring complex behaviours, cPanel provides the tools needed to customise how your server processes various file types. Remember, changes to MIME types can affect how content is served and displayed, so it’s important to proceed with caution and test your changes thoroughly.


Q1. How do you delete a MIME type?

To delete a MIME type in cPanel, navigate to the “MIME Types” section under the “Advanced” category. Scroll down to “User Defined MIME Types,” find the MIME type you wish to delete, and click the “Delete” link next to it.

Q2. How do you add a new MIME type?

To add a new MIME type in cPanel, go to the “MIME Types” tool within the “Advanced” section. Enter the MIME type in the “MIME Type” field and its corresponding file extension in the “Extension(s)” field, then click the “Add” button.

Q3. How do I enable MIME types?

MIME types are enabled by default on web servers, including those managed through cPanel. To enable a specific MIME type, simply add it via the “MIME Types” section in cPanel by specifying the MIME type and its associated file extension.

Q4. What are MIME types in cPanel?

In cPanel, MIME types are configurations that specify how the web server should handle different types of files. By defining MIME types, you tell the server what type of content a file contains, ensuring it is served correctly to browsers and applications.