Manage watchlist members

List created watchlists

To list all the watchlists active in your Code42 environment, run:

code42 watchlists list

List all members of a watchlist

You can list watchlists either by their Type:

code42 watchlists list-members --watchlist-type DEPARTING_EMPLOYEE

or by their ID (get watchlist IDs from code42 watchlist list output):

code42 watchlists list-members --watchlist-id 6e6c5acc-2568-4e5f-8324-e73f2811fa7c

A “member” of a watchlist is any user that the watchlist alerting rules apply to. Users can be members of a watchlist either by being explicitly added (via console or code42 watchlists add [USER_ID|USERNAME]), but they can also be implicitly included based on some user profile property (like working in a specific department). To get a list of only those “members” who have been explicitly added (and thus can be removed via the code42 watchlists remove [USER_ID|USERNAME] command), add the --only-included-users option to list-members.

Add or remove a single user from watchlist membership

A user can be added to a watchlist using either the watchlist ID or Type, just like listing watchlists, and the user can be identified either by their user_id or their username:

code42 watchlist add --watchlist-type NEW_EMPLOYEE 9871230
code42 watchlist add --watchlist-id 6e6c5acc-2568-4e5f-8324-e73f2811fa7c

Bulk adding/removing users from watchlists

The bulk watchlist commands read input from a CSV file.

Like the individual commands, they can take either a user_id/username or watchlist_id/watchlist_type to identify who to add to which watchlist. Because of this flexibility, the CSV does require a header row identifying each column.

You can generate a template CSV with the correct header values using the command:

code42 watchlists bulk generate-template [add|remove]

If both username and user_id are provided in the CSV row, the user_id value will take precedence. If watchlist_type and watchlist_id columns are both provided, the watchlist_id will take precedence.


For watchlists that track additional metadata for a user (e.g. the “departure date” for a user on the Departing watchlist), that data can be added/updated via the code42 users bulk update-risk-profile command.

You can re-use the same CSV file for both commands, just add the required risk profile columns to the CSV.

For example, to bulk add users to multiple watchlists, with appropriate start_date, end_date, and notes values, create a CSV (in this example named watchlists.csv) with the following:

username,watchlist_type,start_date,end_date,notes,DEPARTING_EMPLOYEE,,2023-10-10,,NEW_EMPLOYEE,2022-07-04,,2022 Summer Interns

Then run code42 watchlists bulk add watchlists.csv followed by code42 users bulk update-risk-profile watchlists.csv