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FileSystemWatcher.Created Event

Updated: January 2010

Occurs when a file or directory in the specified Path is created.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

'Declaration
<IODescriptionAttribute("FSW_Created")> _
Public Event Created As FileSystemEventHandler
'Usage
Dim instance As FileSystemWatcher 
Dim handler As FileSystemEventHandler 

AddHandler instance.Created, handler

Some common occurrences, such as copying or moving a file or directory, do not correspond directly to an event, but these occurrences do cause events to be raised. When you copy a file or directory, the system raises a Created event in the directory to which the file was copied, if that directory is being watched. If the directory from which you copied was being watched by another instance of FileSystemWatcher, no event would be raised. For example, you create two instances of FileSystemWatcher. FileSystemWatcher1 is set to watch "C:\My Documents", and FileSystemWatcher2 is set to watch "C:\Your Documents". If you copy a file from "My Documents" into "Your Documents", a Created event will be raised by FileSystemWatcher2, but no event is raised for FileSystemWatcher1. Unlike copying, moving a file or directory would raise two events. From the previous example, if you moved a file from "My Documents" to "Your Documents", a Created event would be raised by FileSystemWatcher2 and a Deleted event would be raised by FileSystemWatcher1.

NoteNote:

Common file system operations might raise more than one event. For example, when a file is moved from one directory to another, several OnChanged and some OnCreated and OnDeleted events might be raised. Moving a file is a complex operation that consists of multiple simple operations, therefore raising multiple events. Likewise, some applications (for example, antivirus software) might cause additional file system events that are detected by FileSystemWatcher.

NoteNote:

The order in which the Changed event is raised in relation to the other FileSystemWatcher events may change when the SynchronizingObject property is not Nothing.

The OnCreated event is raised as soon as a file is created. If a file is being copied or transferred into a watched directory, the OnCreated event will be raised immediately, followed by one or more OnChanged events.

The following example uses the Created event to display the file path to the console whenever the watched file is created.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
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 = System.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. 
        Dim 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 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: {0} renamed to {1}", e.OldFullPath, e.FullPath)
    End Sub 

End Class

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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January 2010

Added behavior note.

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