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
Go to Activity > Watchfolders and click
Create New Watchfolder.
Enter a name for your watch folder in the Name field.
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
Click Browse to choose the source directory or enter the
The source folder is relative to associated system user's
docroot. For example, for the user root if you enter the path
and the docroot for "root" is
, the full path is
. For instructions on modifying
the docroot, see Set a Docroot for a Node User or Group
Enter the credentials to authenticate to the destination node.
Enter hostname or IP address host address for the destination node in
the Address field.
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.
Set the TCP and UDP ports. By default, TCP uses port 22 and UDP uses port
Click Browse to test the connection and choose the
Configure additional watchfolder settings.
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