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Automatically Delete Files After Download  -  KB Article #2087

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You can use the "file download" event on Serv-U to run a batch file that automatically deletes files from certain folders after they are downloaded.


  1. If you do not already have them, create a local folder for Serv-U batch files and a local folder for Serv-U logs.

  2. Create a batch file called "deletefileafterdownload.bat" in your Serv-U batch file folder. Copy/paste this text in:
    time /t >> D:\local\ServU_One\Log\DeleteFileAfterDownload.log
    echo Deleted %1 >> D:\local\ServU_One\Log\DeleteFileAfterDownload.log
    del %1 >> D:\local\ServU_One\Log\DeleteFileAfterDownload.log

  3. Before you save the batch file, change the log path ("D:\local\ServU_One\Log") to your Serv-U log path. (Don't worry about creating the "DeleteFileAfterDownload.log" file - when Serv-U runs this batch file it will be done automatically.)

  4. Create a new domain-level event called "Delete File After Download"

    • Event type: File Download
    • Event Name: Delete File After Download
    • Enable Event: Checked
    • Description: (write which folders this applies to)
    • Action: Execute Command
    • Executable Path: (full path of deletefileafterdownload.bat)
    • Command Line Parameters: $LocalPathName
    • Completion Wait Time: 0

  5. Flip to the "Event Filters" tab on your new event and add an Event Filter

    • Name: Just Folders Named (whatever your folder criteria are)
    • Logic: (doesn't matter if you only have one filter rule)
    • Filter Enabled: Checked
    • Description: (optional)
    • Rule:
      • Variable: $PathName
      • Comparison: = (is equal to)
      • Constant = *dad* (change as necessary; just "*" will match all)
      • Data Type = (abcd) string

  6. Test the process
    • Sign on as an end user.
    • Download a file from a folder that should trigger the event.
    • Check that the event firing was noted in the Serv-U domain log, and also check that a new "Deleted (filename)" entry appeared in the DeleteFileAfterDownload.log file. Also refresh your directory listing in the client you used to perform the download to verify that the file is gone.
    • Now download a file from a folder that should NOT trigger the event and check that the event did not fire.

  7. Optimize
    • You may want to remove the statements that log to a separate file after you are sure the process works. In that case, the batch file will function with just a single command on a single line: "del %1"
    • Experiment with different event filters to get the delete event to trigger on different combinations of file names and folder names.