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Overview of File & Folder Watcher. Specify which folder to monitor, and whether only the specified folder should be monitored or also its subfolders. Local or network drive file monitoring is supported.

Folder to watch Set the path of the folder to be monitored · See return values
Include mask Only files and folders matching the specified file mask will activate the Trigger. By default all files are monitored, however, you may choose any file or folder activation pattern.

Multiple inputs must be separated by a | vertical bar character · Learn file masks and wildcards
Also, watch in subfolders Specifies that File & Folder Watcher will monitor for changes not only in the specified folder, but also all its subfolders.
Monitor files Causes File & Folder Watcher to monitor for file changes (e.g., creation, deletion, modifications, or renaming).
Monitor folders Causes File & Folder Watcher to monitor for folder changes (creation, deletion, renaming, or content modifications).
BrowseBrowse buttonUse Browse to select a particular file or folder on local disk, network share on LAN (local area network), etc.
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  • Dynamic variables & Events of the File & Folder Watcher. Streamline your automated workflows by seamlessly integrating monitored file data (filename, absolute/relative paths, and customized data) with our easy-to-use presets, designed for immediate application across Tasks of varying complexity.

    Additionally, conduct in-depth analyses of Trigger events, including notifications of new, modified, or deleted files, and events for failure to swiftly address issues as they arise.


  • Automation Workshop Service monitors the specified files or folders in an unattended mode which means that the File & Folder Watcher Trigger is always operational regardless if the user is logged on or not.
  • Monitored files can easily be used in further automated processes (such as copying, renaming, deleting, and processing by external commands or third-party Windows apps) by using values from File & Folder Watcher in Variable Wizard.
  • When monitoring files and folders on network computers/shares, or when performing operations on such files (copying, moving, renaming, etc.), use the UNC path as a parameter instead of the mapped network drive path. Read more about UNC paths and mapped network drives.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.