Creating a Watch Folder with the Node API

Important: If you upgraded from Enterprise Server 3.6.1, Connect Server 3.6.1, Point-to-Point 3.6.1, or Desktop Client 3.6.1, and you had the asperawatchd and asperawatchfolderd services enabled and configured, you may have to make manually migrate your services depending on the user is running the services. For further details, see Migrating Watch Services on Upgrade.

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.

Process Overview:

  1. Make sure the asperarund service is running.
    Although asperarund starts automatically upon install, make sure the service is running, as watchfolder uses the service to start the asperawatchd and asperawatchfolderd watch services.
  2. Configure the asperawatchd and asperawatchfolderd watch services.
  3. Configure the Node API.
  4. Create a watch folder using the aswatchfolderadmin utility.