What is a watched folder?
EasyFTP can watch a folder you specify and trigger Zapier, IFTTT, and other workflows when new files appear or existing files are modified on a FTP/SFTP server.
Then you can create automated processes to alert you and your team and/or send the file(s) wherever you need them to go.
Each service can have it's own timetable for checking for new or modified files. The different services are described below:
|Service||How often it checks for new or modified files|
|Zapier||Every 0-15 min|
|IFTTT||Every 0-10 min|
This depends on your plan level. Refer to the table below for various scenarios.
|Scenario||What will happen|
|1 new file is uploaded to the FTP server.||The next time Zapier or IFTTT asks if there are any new files, EasyFTP will return the 1 new file.|
|2 new files are added to the FTP server and your plan allows alerting of up to 3 files per time period.||The next time Zapier or IFTTT asks if there are any new files, EasyFTP will return the 2 new files. Your Zapier Zap or IFTTT Applet will be run once for each file.|
|10 new files are added to the FTP server and your plan allows alerting of up to 3 files per time period.||The next time Zapier or IFTTT asks if there are any new files, EasyFTP will return the oldest 3 of the 10 new files. Your Zapier Zap or IFTTT Applet will be run once for each file. The next time Zapier or IFTTT asks for new files, EasyFTP will return the oldest 3 files of the remaining 7 files that have not been returned (originally 10 new files). This will continue until all 10 files have been sent to Zapier or IFTTT. Higher EasyFTP plans return more files at once.|
You will see an active watched folder on your EasyFTP Connection page if the watcher has had a request from Zapier or IFTTT in the last 24 hours. After that, the watched folder will become deactivated. You can initiate this process by turning off your Zap or Applet. You can also delete the Zap or Applet as well.
When creating your Zap, choose EasyFTP as your first Zap step trigger. After the first step, add a Zapier Filter that looks for the filename convention you want the Zap to run for. After the filter do all your other steps.
When using Zapier or IFTTT, when the workflow is triggered there will be a field with the file or a temporary URL to the file. You can use this field later in your Zapier or IFTTT workflow to send the file where you want it to go.
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