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Wait for Remote File

Automation Workshop includes the Wait for Remote File Action that pauses your automated workflows until a specified file appears (is created), disappears (is deleted), or becomes readable (is fully written to disk).

Automation Workshop is a no-code tool for creating automated workflows with specialized Actions to work with local and remote files via various file transfer protocols, including SMB, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, WebDAV, and Amazon S3, among others.

Features & highlights

  • Automate waiting for remote files to ensure timely, accurate data import for daily reports and data (sales, marketing, financial, suppliers, etc.) without manual intervention, reducing the risk of missing or delayed data.
  • Support for file wildcards, file masks, and dynamic variables to wait for files with partially matching names.
  • Enhance efficiency by eliminating manual downloads and uploads, ensuring new documents are immediately available.
  • Ensure security by default using file transfer protocols like SFTP, FTPS, and WebDAV over HTTPS, maintaining data integrity and confidentiality while reducing the risk of data breaches.
  • Automation Workshop is crafted to easily scale to handle large volumes of files or high-frequency transfers without additional manual effort, monitoring multiple sources and storage services simultaneously.
  • Eliminate the need for manual remote file monitoring, freeing human resources for more critical tasks while reducing errors associated with manual file transfers.
  • Ensure files are processed as soon as they become available, leading to faster turnaround times for business processes (near real-time data integration and processing).
  • Consistent execution of automated workflows reduces the variability and potential for human error. Automation Workshop provides a dependable method for ensuring files are available when needed.
  • Offers an option to detect when a remote file is fully written to disk before starting an automated workflow, ensuring strong data integrity.
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Usage examples

  • Wait for new video files on Amazon S3 storage and start a transcoding process when new files are detected and completely rendered.
  • Use SFTP polling to wait for a remote Linux script to finish by detecting when a specific file becomes available.
  • Wait for database backups generated by another Amazon AWS service in S3, then copy them to a secure on-premises server, ensuring critical backups are available in multiple locations.
  • Use Task Scheduler Trigger to wait for daily CSV files containing sales data from an FTPS server.
  • Monitor a partner's FTP server for new PDF files and upload them to the company's document management system, ensuring the latest versions are always available to employees.
  • Monitor Google Cloud Storage for inventory update files from suppliers, keeping online store inventory levels current without manual updates.
  • Wait for end-of-day trading reports from a financial institution's SFTP server, then process them to generate nightly financial summaries.


  • Wait · Provide a remote filename, server, and criteria to pause the Task.
  • Options · Choose file detection priority and timeout behavior.


  • Wait for Remote File integration—Variables (manipulate data dynamically within a workflow) and Events (recorded entries that detail the activity within the system).
  • Effortlessly streamline your automation processes by visually connecting your workflow using Variable Wizard—a powerful tool to access all 1,000+ variables—system, network, Triggers, Actions, globals, web, and much more…
  • Moreover, not only utilize Wait for Remote File variables, but also seamlessly integrate them with a diverse array of other file and folder variables from local disks, mapped drives, network shares, and remote servers—FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, and more…

Quick access

To streamline your workflow creation, you can locate the Wait for Remote File Action throughout the entire Automation suite's search tools—including the knowledge base, menu, and Add Action feature—using quick shortcuts like «WRF» or «WFR».

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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