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File & Folder Watcher

Automation Workshop includes the File & Folder Watcher, which monitors for file and folder changes in a specified location. Both local and network paths are supported. Equipped with file mask and attribute filter criteria, it gives you very precise control over what exactly is being monitored.

Features & highlights

  • Continuously monitor folders on local Windows drives and track any file changes as soon as directory content is modified.
  • Scan network-accessible Windows, Linux, Novell, or Samba shares, and track any file activity on a network, SAN, or NAS drives.
  • Background Directory Watcher monitors for files using an unattended Windows Service that runs on workstations and servers.
  • Watch a file system for new, modified, and deleted files or folders.
  • Watch local and network folders for created, changed, and removed files.
  • Apply include and exclude filters with extensive wildcard support.
  • A full support of local folders, network drive monitoring, UNC path names, a complete Unicode filename support.
  • Real-time local and remote file system tracking for directory changes and additions whether a user is logged in or not.
  • Support of the modern exFAT/NTFS directory paths up to 32,760 characters long.
  • Watch a virtually unlimited number of folders without causing any stress to the system.
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Usage examples


  • Folder · Configure the Trigger to watch for files or folders. Provide a folder path.
  • Conditions · Choose what kind of activity will be watched. Monitor for file and folder creation, deletion, modifications, or renaming.
  • Exclude · Use file masks and attribute filters to narrow down what types of files will be monitored.
  • Options · Configure additional options such as number of times the Trigger must be activated to execute the Task. Add a delay before executing the Task. Select the smart file operation detection for accurate results.


  • Dynamic variables & Events of the File & Folder Watcher.
  • Variable Wizard and dynamic values of all the File & Folder Actions for local and network drives, and remote FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and DigitalOcean Spaces servers.
  • Streamline automation processes by connecting Triggers and Actions using Variable Wizard.



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