How to Move a HotFolder Deployment to a New Machine
Posted by Aly Essa, Last modified by Aly Essa on 22 May 2018 09:18 AM


This article contains a guide on backing up and migrating a FileCatalyst HotFolder install to a new location.


FileCatalyst HotFolder v3.4 and later. 


  1. Backup of Configuration:
    1. The relevant files that are needed for a restoration from the HotFolder installation directory are:

      • fchf.conf: This file contains the settings and license of the FileCatalyst HotFolder.
      • sites.xml: All sites that are configured in the HotFolder have their relevant information stored in this file.
      • hotfolders.xml: The storage information and paths for the FileCatalyst HotFolder are found in this file.
      • schedule.xml: All task information and transfer settings are stored in this file.

        All of the files noted above are usually located in the installation directory of the FileCatalyst HotFolder.

    2.  The log files are no necessary to restore an installation, however, they can also be moved to the new machine if needed.

  2. Restoration of FileCatalyst HotFolder:
    1. Install the FileCatalyst Hotfolder using the method that is suggested for your OS in the FileCatalyst HotFolder documentation.
    2. Before launching the HotFolder application, copy the following files back into the installation directory. Choose to Overwrite if prompted:

      • fchf.conf
      • sites.xml
      • hotfolders.xml
      • schedule.xml

    3. Edit the fchf.conf and modify the This will force the system to push the location of your Java 8 installation. Save the file and close it.
    4. Launch the application in standalone mode to verify the settings have been imported.
    5. Open the Help documentation for directions on how to enable the HotFolder as a service.