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hound - directory tree watcher for node.js

Cross platform directory tree watcher that works, even on Windows

The philosophy of hound is:

  • Be reliable, work on every platform
  • Be fast
  • Be simple

hound is designed to be very reliable, fast, and simple. There are no runtime dependencies outside of the standard node.js libraries. There is a development dependency on Jasmine, which is required to run the tests.


Install using npm:

npm install hound

Because hound has no runtime dependencies, it is also possible to download the library manually and require it directly.


hound = require('hound')
// Create a directory tree watcher. 
watcher ='/tmp')
// Create a file watcher. 
watcher ='/tmp/file.txt')
// Add callbacks for file and directory events.  The change event only applies 
// to files. 
watcher.on('create', function(file, stats) {
  console.log(file + ' was created')
watcher.on('change', function(file, stats) {
  console.log(file + ' was changed')
watcher.on('delete', function(file) {
  console.log(file + ' was deleted')
// Unwatch specific files or directories. 
// Unwatch all watched files and directories. 


To run the tests, use npm test. The tests work on actual directory trees that are generated in the tmp directory.