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This function is one of Plugins Operation.You can find the movie in ARGOS RPA+ video tutorial.





File Monitor

A very powerful tool EDI type automation!

  • This tool checks the contents of a folder for specific file and returns various useful values.
  • Combine File Monitor with Repeat to make a “watch dog” (trigger to start your bot).
  • Use this tool in conjunction with [File/Folder Operations].

Primary Features

  • Check the contents of a folder for specific files.
  • You can define multiple file extensions such as .xls and xlsx, or .jpg and .png, etc.
  • You can set time out for one check duration.
  • It can return many useful values such as # of files, the full file path, and file size as well as base name.



Need help?

Technical contact to tech@argos-labs.com


May you search all operations,

Suppose you have a folder like this.


Usage 1


Below settings translate to: Find how many .docx file s are in the folder C:\Users\sato3\Desktop\Customer Demo Folder\Folder C
(example above and store the result in the User Variable {{Group.Var01}}

{{Group.Var01}} will hold “2”



Usage 2

Below settings translate to: Check the folder C:\Users\sato3\Desktop\Customer Demo Folder\Folder C and store the details of all the .docx file such as file paths and file sizes.

The resulted CSV will look like this.

In the format of [index, file path, file size]

1, C:\Users\sato3\Desktop\Customer Demo Folder\Folder C\sample word 01.docx, 66267

2, C:\Users\sato3\Desktop\Customer Demo Folder\Folder C\sample word 02.docx, 1596454


When using the data, you must specify like below. (in this case the group name is: Folder_C)

{{Folder_C.index(#)}} {{Folder_C.filepath(#)}} {{Folder_C.filesize(#)}} 

Where # should be the row # of CSV.

More information in Benny’s Secret Functions.


You can use two File Monitor consecutively to get # of files and file data.



Usage 3

How to build a simple but reliable watch dog trigger for your bot.

  • Simple “watch dog” automation





  • General Parameter Settings



  • Advanced settings enable extracting more file details.