How to Monitor File Changes in Ubuntu Using Fswatch

Fswatch is a free and open source file change monitor application for Linux, Windows and MacOS. Using fswatch, you can monitor the changes being made in files and directories via the notification. It is a front-end of libfswatch. It comes with Recursive directory, Path filtering, regular expressions and periodic idle events support and many more. It is released under GNU General Public License v3.0.

Install Fswatch File Change Monitor Application on Ubuntu

To install the latest version of fswatch in Ubuntu, run below command in the terminal application (ctrl+alt+t).

sudo apt install fswatch

Now verify the installation using below command.

fswatch --version


Monitor file changes using fswatch

Open the terminal application and run below command if you want to monitor your Home directory.

fswatch /home/manikandan/

Now add, edit or delete any file or folder from your home directory. It will notify each action in the above terminal window.

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fswatch monitor

For the complete details run below command.

man fswatch
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