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Monitor Folders for Changes

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by Steve Wiseman on February 8, 2012 · 6 comments

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In response to monitor your file sharing, Michael sent me a tip about a program that allows you to watch folders for changes:

Thought this little freeware tool might be useful for your readers. I use it for monitoring changes on a shared documentation drive used for software installs. Now if someone modifies the documentation, I can find out straight away & confirm the changes are correct.

It is called DirectoryMonitor.

Once installed, you can easily add folders you want to watch:

Directory Monitor App

You can determine what changes you want to watch for…such as a new file, delete, edit, or rename.

Once you register a folder for changes, the change is immediately logged in the main application window:

Directory Monitor Changes

You can even setup an application to execute when a change occurs:

Execute Application On Change

Some feature do require a donation of $10 or more to be activated…such as silent execution of apps when an action is triggered.

Otherwise it is free for personal or commercial use.

You can download it from here:

Directory Monitor Download Page

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1 Mark S February 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Nice tool steve. Too bad it requires .Net tho.

with that requirement it is harder to place on a flash drive and have it work all the time.

2 Steve Wiseman February 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

True. I did notice that too. Looks like it requires 3.5 too, which makes it even more possible that a system will not have it installed.

3 Michael February 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi Mark,

For those issues I use ThinApp to package the application as a portable app, with that you can then setup plugins eg flash java .net then if the app requires it, it will access it from the plugin directories.

That being said I do alot of stuff with portable apps.

My laptop is used for work purposes. I have the drive partitioned as C & D.

C has the standard windows files.
D has the program files & portable apps.

I then use Rollback RX so that basically everytime I restart my machine it rolls back to a default windows install. Perfect for me so I can do testing, plug into peoples network & not have to worry about viruses.

Previously I just had a removable hard drive with all my portable apps loaded on it.

4 Mr Hot Dog February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for sharing Michael. Never knew about ThinApp before

5 jbongran January 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

There’s an old utility named filenotify with the same purpose and no requirements besides to be on an NT machine (From 2000 to 2008 R2)
Ps: I still use the version 1, as I don’t understand how to configure the version 2 ;-(

6 jbongran January 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Sorry, forget to tell that filenotify works as a service

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