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Autoreload server - watches your files for changes and handles client polling.


This is an easy-to-use command-line "automatic reload" or "live reload" script for developers. It makes your browser reload when you edit files. It's based on connect-autoreload.

Get it with npm: npm install -g autoreload


Directories or files are valid arguments. For example, to recursively watch 3 directories and a file for changes:

$ autoreload js css templates/main

To watch everything in the current directory and below:

$ autoreload .

Once running, autoreload will print a script tag to include on your page:

 <script src="http://localhost:60000/autoreload.js"></script>

And call AutoReload.Watch() to begin watching for changes:

   AutoReload.Watch('localhost:60000');   // or some other host/port

autoreload options:

  --port, -p     Port server listens on           [default: 60000]
  --exclude, -e  Regex matching files to exclude  [default: "\\.sw[poaxn]$"]
  --regex_opts   Exclusion regex options          [default: "im"]
  --https        Use https                        [default: false]
  --key          SSL key                          [default: dummy SSL key]
  --cert         SSL cert                         [default: dummy SSL cert]

To stop watching for changes, call AutoReload.Stop().

You have three options if your development server requires SSL.

  1. Proxy the http autoreload script through your SSL-configured web server (apache or nginx).

  2. Use the --https option and load the script directly in your browser to accept the dummy SSL certificate.

  3. Provide your own SSL certificate using --key and --cert.

autoreload.js assumes jquery is available in our page. This issue is tracked here.

If you get Error: watch ENOSPC, chances are you need to increase your filesystem watches:

echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=524288 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf && sudo sysctl -p

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