FileSystemWatcher.Filter Property

Definition

Gets or sets the filter string used to determine what files are monitored in a directory.

public:
 property System::String ^ Filter { System::String ^ get(); void set(System::String ^ value); };
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[System.IO.IODescription("File name filter pattern")]
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[System.IO.IODescription("FSW_Filter")]
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public string Filter { get; set; }
member this.Filter : string with get, set
Public Property Filter As String

Property Value

The filter string. The default is "*.*" (Watches all files.)

Attributes

Examples

The following example creates a FileSystemWatcher to watch the directory specified at run time. The component is set to watch for changes in LastWrite and LastAccess time, the creation, deletion, or renaming of text files in the directory. If a file is changed, created, or deleted, the path to the file prints to the console. When a file is renamed, the old and new paths print to the console.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;

public ref class Watcher
{
private:
   // Define the event handlers.
   static void OnChanged( Object^ /*source*/, FileSystemEventArgs^ e )
   {
      // Specify what is done when a file is changed, created, or deleted.
      Console::WriteLine( "File: {0} {1}", e->FullPath, e->ChangeType );
   }

   static void OnRenamed( Object^ /*source*/, RenamedEventArgs^ e )
   {
      // Specify what is done when a file is renamed.
      Console::WriteLine( "File: {0} renamed to {1}", e->OldFullPath, e->FullPath );
   }

public:
   [PermissionSet(SecurityAction::Demand, Name="FullTrust")]
   int static run()
   {
      array<String^>^args = System::Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();

      // If a directory is not specified, exit program.
      if ( args->Length != 2 )
      {
         // Display the proper way to call the program.
         Console::WriteLine( "Usage: Watcher.exe (directory)" );
         return 0;
      }

      // Create a new FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.
      FileSystemWatcher^ watcher = gcnew FileSystemWatcher;
      watcher->Path = args[ 1 ];

      /* Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and 
          the renaming of files or directories. */
      watcher->NotifyFilter = static_cast<NotifyFilters>(NotifyFilters::LastAccess |
            NotifyFilters::LastWrite | NotifyFilters::FileName | NotifyFilters::DirectoryName);

      // Only watch text files.
      watcher->Filter = "*.txt";

      // Add event handlers.
      watcher->Changed += gcnew FileSystemEventHandler( Watcher::OnChanged );
      watcher->Created += gcnew FileSystemEventHandler( Watcher::OnChanged );
      watcher->Deleted += gcnew FileSystemEventHandler( Watcher::OnChanged );
      watcher->Renamed += gcnew RenamedEventHandler( Watcher::OnRenamed );

      // Begin watching.
      watcher->EnableRaisingEvents = true;

      // Wait for the user to quit the program.
      Console::WriteLine( "Press \'q\' to quit the sample." );
      while ( Console::Read() != 'q' );

      return 0;
   }
};

int main() {
   Watcher::run();
}
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Security.Permissions;

public class Watcher
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        Run();
    }

    [PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")]
    private static void Run()
    {
        string[] args = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs();

        // If a directory is not specified, exit program.
        if (args.Length != 2)
        {
            // Display the proper way to call the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: Watcher.exe (directory)");
            return;
        }

        // Create a new FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.
        using (FileSystemWatcher watcher = new FileSystemWatcher())
        {
            watcher.Path = args[1];

            // Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and
            // the renaming of files or directories.
            watcher.NotifyFilter = NotifyFilters.LastAccess
                                 | NotifyFilters.LastWrite
                                 | NotifyFilters.FileName
                                 | NotifyFilters.DirectoryName;

            // Only watch text files.
            watcher.Filter = "*.txt";

            // Add event handlers.
            watcher.Changed += OnChanged;
            watcher.Created += OnChanged;
            watcher.Deleted += OnChanged;
            watcher.Renamed += OnRenamed;

            // Begin watching.
            watcher.EnableRaisingEvents = true;

            // Wait for the user to quit the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Press 'q' to quit the sample.");
            while (Console.Read() != 'q') ;
        }
    }

    // Define the event handlers.
    private static void OnChanged(object source, FileSystemEventArgs e) =>
        // Specify what is done when a file is changed, created, or deleted.
        Console.WriteLine($"File: {e.FullPath} {e.ChangeType}");

    private static void OnRenamed(object source, RenamedEventArgs e) =>
        // Specify what is done when a file is renamed.
        Console.WriteLine($"File: {e.OldFullPath} renamed to {e.FullPath}");
}
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Permissions

Public Class Watcher

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Run()

    End Sub

    <PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name:="FullTrust")>
    Private Shared Sub Run()

        Dim args() As String = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs()

        ' If a directory is not specified, exit the program.
        If args.Length <> 2 Then
            ' Display the proper way to call the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: Watcher.exe (directory)")
            Return
        End If

        ' Create a new FileSystemWatcher and set its properties.
        Using watcher As New FileSystemWatcher()
            watcher.Path = args(1)

            ' Watch for changes in LastAccess and LastWrite times, and
            ' the renaming of files or directories. 
            watcher.NotifyFilter = (NotifyFilters.LastAccess _
                                 Or NotifyFilters.LastWrite _
                                 Or NotifyFilters.FileName _
                                 Or NotifyFilters.DirectoryName)

            ' Only watch text files.
            watcher.Filter = "*.txt"

            ' Add event handlers.
            AddHandler watcher.Changed, AddressOf OnChanged
            AddHandler watcher.Created, AddressOf OnChanged
            AddHandler watcher.Deleted, AddressOf OnChanged
            AddHandler watcher.Renamed, AddressOf OnRenamed

            ' Begin watching.
            watcher.EnableRaisingEvents = True

            ' Wait for the user to quit the program.
            Console.WriteLine("Press 'q' to quit the sample.")
            While Chr(Console.Read()) <> "q"c
            End While
        End Using
    End Sub

    ' Define the event handlers.
    Private Shared Sub OnChanged(source As Object, e As FileSystemEventArgs)
        ' Specify what is done when a file is changed, created, or deleted.
        Console.WriteLine($"File: {e.FullPath} {e.ChangeType}")
    End Sub

    Private Shared Sub OnRenamed(source As Object, e As RenamedEventArgs)
        ' Specify what is done when a file is renamed.
        Console.WriteLine($"File: {e.OldFullPath} renamed to {e.FullPath}")
    End Sub

End Class

Remarks

To watch changes in all files, set the Filter property to an empty string (""). To watch a specific file, set the Filter property to the file name. For example, to watch for changes in the file MyDoc.txt, set the Filter property to "MyDoc.txt". You can also watch for changes in a certain type of file. For example, to watch for changes in any text files, set the Filter property to "*.txt". Use of multiple filters such as "*.txt|*.doc" is not supported.

The Filter property can be changed after the FileSystemWatcher object has started receiving events.

For more information about filtering out unwanted notifications, see the NotifyFilter, IncludeSubdirectories, and InternalBufferSize properties.

Filter accepts wildcards for matching files, as shown in the following examples.

Filter string Watches the following files
*.* All files (default). An empty string ("") also watches all files.
*.txt All files with a "txt" extension.
*recipe.doc All files ending in "recipe" with a "doc" extension.
win*.xml All files beginning with "win" with an "xml" extension.
Sales*200?.xls Matches the following:

- Sales July 2001.xls
- Sales Aug 2002.xls
- Sales March 2004.xls

but does not match:

- Sales Nov 1999.xls
MyReport.Doc Watches only MyReport.doc

Applies to

See also