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The Wait for Remote Directory Action conditionally pauses a workflow until a specific remote directory is created (or already exists) or removed (or already is absent), with additional options to wait for the directory to be empty or contain files.

This Action allows waiting for remote directories using FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and WebDAV file transfer protocols, as well as popular cloud storage platforms such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud, Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage, and any platform supporting the S3 protocol, like Dell ECS Enterprise Object Storage solution.

Directory Provide the directory name for which the workflow will wait.
Condition Choose the condition that, once satisfied, will allow the workflow to continue immediately:
  • Exists · the Task suspension ends when the specified remote directory exists or is created.
  • Exists and is empty · the waiting period ends when the remote directory is empty of files and subdirectories.
  • Exists and contains no files · the wait ends when the remote directory exists (or is created) and its root is free of files, though subdirectories and files within them are allowed.
  • Exists and is not empty · the waiting period ends when the remote directory contains some files or subdirectories.
  • Does not exist · the workflow resumes once the remote directory is removed or if it did not exist at the start of this Action.
Use connectionSelect an existing connection to use for the directory waiting operation. If there are no defined connections, the new connection window will be opened to establish a connection to FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or DigitalOcean Spaces server.
Variable WizardVariable Wizard buttonUse dynamic data input—substitute a parameter from a file, web, connected Trigger, other Actions, date and time presets, etc.


  • Wait for Remote Directory integration and auditing—Variables (dynamic data) and Events (recorded activity). Access the directory name and completion status. Log information events to indicate whether the waiting condition was met or a timeout occurred.

Delay options…

Automation Workshop includes options to pause a workflow and conditionally wait for different resource types. These waiting Actions operate similarly—they pause the workflow until a particular resource reaches a desired state, such as when a file appears or disappears.


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