Trevor Trevor - 1 year ago 236
Node.js Question

Use Chokidar to watch for specific file extension

I am looking to watch a folder using the nodejs Chokidar
I only want to monitor for additions, deletes of xml files.
I am new to Chokidar and can't figure it out.
I tried setting the Chokidar ignore to match all strings that end in .xml but it looks like Chokidar ignore accepts negative regex's

Even the below example doesn't work

watcher =, {
ignored: /[^l]$,
persistent: true,
ignoreInitial: true,
alwaysState: true}

Is there a way to do this or do I have to add the filter to the callback function?

watcher.on('add', function(path) {
if (!/\.xml$/i.test(path)) { return; }
console.log('chokidar: add: ' + path);
watcher.on('unlink', function(path) {
if (!/\.xml$/i.test(path)) { return; }
console.log('chokidar: unlink: ' + path);

watcher.on('change', function(path) {
if (!/\.xml$/i.test(path)) { return; }
console.log('chokidar: change: ' + path);

Answer Source

chokidar accepts a glob pattern as first argument.
You can use it match your XML files."some/directory/**/*.xml", config)
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