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Run TaskScheduler on Folder Change

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Run Task scheduler task on folder content change


Windows Task Scheduler does not allow run task on folder content change. But it allows run task on windows log event. This application uses this feature for run TaskScheduler task on folder change.


  • Console application, which can be run as Task Scheduler Task
  • Configurable more folders, every folder has its own Event ID for identification in Task Scheduler
  • Configurable timeout in seconds for waiting for end of changes
  • One Timer for one folder
  • Simple and functional


Application uses .NET FileSystemWatcher. Because changes in folders should be more (a lot of changes), this application use Timer for waiting a few second for stopping folder changes. If folders content was changed and then it does not change for x seconds, the application makes write to windows log. Then Task Scheduler runs task.

Using the Code

Adding one FileSystemWatcher:

public OneListener(Folder folder, FoldersClass folders)
       folder.Parent = folders;
       FileSystemWatcher watcher = new FileSystemWatcher();
       watcher.Path = folder.Path;
       /* 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;
       var flt = folder.Filter;
       if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(flt))
           flt = "*.*";
       watcher.Filter = flt;

       // Add event handlers.
       watcher.Changed += new FileSystemEventHandler(folder.OnFolderChanged);
       watcher.Created += new FileSystemEventHandler(folder.OnFolderChanged);
       watcher.Deleted += new FileSystemEventHandler(folder.OnFolderChanged);
       watcher.Renamed += new RenamedEventHandler(folder.OnFileInFolderRenamed);

       watcher.EnableRaisingEvents = true;
       Console.WriteLine($"Listener added {folder.Path}, filter: {flt}, EventId: {folder.EventID}");

After any change of folder, Timer is created or restarted:

internal void OnFolderChanged(object source, FileSystemEventArgs e)

internal void OnFileInFolderRenamed(object source, RenamedEventArgs e)

Timer is elapsed, when folder content was changed and changes stopped for x seconds, then write to Windows log is made:

private void writeToLog()
       Console.WriteLine($"{DateTime.Now} - {Path} changed");
       using (EventLog eventLog = new EventLog("Application"))
           eventLog.Source = "Application";
           eventLog.WriteEntry($"FolderContentChangeListener change {this.LogId}",
                               EventLogEntryType.Information, this.EventID);

Configuration example:

{  "TimeoutInSeconds":"10",
         "EventID": "777"
         "EventID": "778"
         "EventID": "779"

Task Scheduler Trigger definition example:

Sample of UI with information about changes:


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QuestionConsole application, which can be run as Task Scheduler Task Pin
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