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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.


  • File & Folder Watcher 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 File & Folder Watcher 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 File & Folder Watcher Trigger throughout the entire Automation suite's search tools—including the knowledge base and menu—using quick shortcuts like «FW», «FFW», or «FAF» · Learn automation benefits



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