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The Wait for Remote File Action pauses your automated workflow and periodically checks for specific files. This Action will sleep and check whether the specified file exists, exists and is fully written to storage, or does not exist.

You can pause the workflow to wait for one specific file, or use file masks and wildcards to wait for any file matching the specified criteria.

File Provide a path and filename for the workflow to wait for. You can specify either a single filename or a file wildcard.

While the Upload File and Download File Actions support Linux-style file masks and wildcards, this Action supports only Windows wildcards.
Condition Specify the file condition that will end the wait:
  • Exists · the wait ends if the specified remote file exists or when it is created.
  • Exists and no changes detected · the wait ends when the file has been fully written to the disk or storage and no further writes are occurring.
  • Does not exist · the workflow delay ends if the remote file does not exist or when it is deleted.

When using file masks and wildcards, the following conditions end the waiting:
  • Exists · the wait ends if any remote file matching the mask exists or is created.
  • Exists and no changes detected · the wait ends if any matching file is completely written to storage (becomes available for reading and writing).
  • Does not exist · the waiting ends when the remote directory no longer contains any file matching the wildcard.
Use connectionSelect an existing connection to use for file monitoring. 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.
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  • Wait for Remote File integration and auditing—Variables (dynamic data) and Events (recorded activity). Access the filename of the remote file and Action's completion status.

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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