Naughty Pterodactyl Maid


    0.4.0 • Public • Published

    grunt-develop Build Status

    Run a Node.js application for development, with support for auto-reload.


    • Requires Grunt >= 0.4.1 && Node.js >= 0.10.0
    • Does not provide a file-watch, grunt-contrib-watch is helpful here
    • No need to modify/export your server or alter your applications code
    • Non-blocking (the task completes immediately and the application will un in the background); Run as last task
    • Reloads cleanly the application when the task is called again, allowing for auto-reload.


    This project has a lot of active contributors and users. Please submit a test along with any changes made. Thanks!


    $ npm install grunt-develop

    Basic Gruntfile.js Example

    module.exports = function(grunt) {
        develop: {
          server: {
            file: 'app.js',
            nodeArgs: ['--debug'],            // optional
            args: ['appArg1', 'appArg2']      // optional
            env: { NODE_ENV: 'development'}      // optional
      grunt.registerTask('default', ['develop']);

    Coffeescript App Example

    You may also have develop automatically restart coffeescript based node applications by using the cmd option. This option allows the user to specify which command/executable to use when restarting the server.

    module.exports = (grunt) ->
            file: ''
            cmd: 'coffee'
      grunt.loadNpmTasks 'grunt-develop'
      grunt.registerTask 'default'['develop']

    A more complex Gruntfile.js

    To support auto-reload on changes, for example:

    module.exports = function(grunt) {
        watch: {
          js: {
            files: [
            tasks: ['develop'],
            options: { nospawn: true }
        develop: {
          server: {
            file: 'app.js'
      grunt.registerTask('default', ['develop']);

    The nospawn is required to keep the grunt context in which grunt-develop is running your application.

    Then you can run grunt as the following and get automatic restart of the application on file changes:

    $ grunt

    You may add any other task in the watch, like JS linting, asset compiling, etc. and customize the watch to your needs. See grunt-contrib-watch.

    License (MIT)

    Copyright (c) 2013, Edward Hotchkiss.

    Author: Edward Hotchkiss

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