Creating a Watch Folder in Console

To use watch folders, you must enable the feature on the Console Defaults page. In Console, go to Configuration > Defaults and select Enable Watchfolder management.

Configure the transfer node. Start watchfolder services and configure the Node API so that Console can add the transfer node as a managed node. See Configuring a Watchfolder-enabled Transfer Node.

A watch folder is an automation of file transfers from a source to a destination system. Files placed into a source folder are automatically transferred to the destination. It runs on the client side only and the recipient Aspera server endpoint does not need additional software components to support receiving data. The following pro
  1. Go to Activity > Watchfolders and click Create New Watchfolder.
  2. Enter a name for your watch folder in the Name field.
  3. Select a managed node configured to run watch folders from the Local Node drop-down menu.
    Note: Only nodes configured to run watch folders appear on the drop-down list. If you do not see any nodes, make sure your nodes are properly configured in Console.
  4. Click Browse to choose the source directory or enter the source path.
    Tip: The source folder is relative to associated system user's docroot. For example, for the user root if you enter the path project1/final and the docroot for "root" is /root, the full path is /root/project1/final. For instructions on modifying the docroot, see Set a Docroot for a Node User or Group.
  5. Enter the credentials to authenticate to the destination node.
    1. Enter hostname or IP address host address for the destination node in the Address field.
    2. Enter the SSH login credentials for the destination node.

      Enter the administrative account username and password to allow Console to connect to the node machine. Authenticate the account with either a password or a saved SSH key.

    • Password authentication: Enter the account password.
    • Public key authentication: Select Use SSH Key and select your uploaded key. To use public key authentication, you must have your SSH private key configured in Console. For instructions, on how to configure SSH keys in Console, see Configuring SSH Keys.
  6. Set the TCP and UDP ports. By default, TCP uses port 22 and UDP uses port 33001.
  7. Click Browse to test the connection and choose the target directory.
  8. Configure additional watchfolder settings.
    For more information on watch folder settings, see Watchfolder Options.
  9. Click Create.
  10. Test your watch folder.
    Add files to the source directory. If the configuration is correct, Watchfolder detects the new files, starts a transfer, and the added files appear in the target directory. You can see the transfer on the Activity Overview page.