fsmonitor - Filesystem Monitoring for Python
- Linux 2.6 (inotify)
- Windows (ReadDirectoryChangesW with I/O completion ports)
- Any other platform (polling)
Supported Python versions
- Python 2: tested with 2.7
- Python 3: tested with 3.3+ on Linux
$ python setup.py install
The fsmonitor module provides live filesystem monitoring. It can be used to monitor for events such as file creation, deletion, modification and so on:
from fsmonitor import FSMonitor
The FSMonitor class manages filesystem watches and is used to receive events. Call the add_dir_watch() method to add a directory watch to the monitor:
m = FSMonitor() watch = m.add_dir_watch("/dir/to/watch")
Once a watch has been added, you can call read_events() to read a list of filesystem events. This is a blocking call and in some cases it might return an empty list, so it needs to be re-called repeatedly to get more events:
while True: for evt in m.read_events(): print evt.action_name, evt.name
The FSMonitorThread class can be used to receive events asynchronously with a callback. The callback will be called from another thread so it is responsible for thread-safety. If a callback is not specified, the thread will collect events in a list which can be read by calling read_events().
See the example code in the examples directory.
Please report bugs on the GitHub issue tracker.