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Run nodev as a grunt task for easy configuration and integration with the rest of your workflow. This is essentially a clone of grunt-nodemon by Chris Wren, however I had difficulties with node-inspector so I edited the package to run nodev instead of nodemon.

NPM version ## Getting Started If you haven't used grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a gruntfile as well as install and use grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-nodev --save-dev

Then add this line to your project's Gruntfile.js gruntfile:




The minimal usage of nodev runs with no options:

nodev: {
  dev: {}

When this is run, nodev will look at the package.json file for the main property and run its value as a command in node.

Here is a config that uses all of the available options for nodev:

nodev: {
  prod: {
    options: {
      file: 'test/server.js',
      args: ['production'],
      ignoredFiles: ['', 'node_modules/**'],
      watchedExtensions: ['js', 'coffee'],
      watchedFolders: ['test', 'tasks'],
      debug: true,
      delayTime: 1
  exec: {
    options: {
      exec: 'less'

A common use case is to run nodev with other tasks concurrently. This can be achieved with the following config, which uses grunt-concurrent to run nodev and watch in a single terminal tab:

concurrent: {
  target: {
    tasks: ['nodev', 'watch'],
    options: {
      logConcurrentOutput: true



Type: string

This is file that nodev runs and restarts when changes are detected.


Type: Array of strings

This is the list of arguments to be passed to your file.


Type: Array of string globs

This is a list of ignored files specified by a glob pattern. Here is an explanation of how to use the patterns to ignore files. This task will create a .nodevignore file in your repo based on these settings which nodev reads when it starts.


Type: Array of strings

This is a list of file extensions to watch for changes. By default, nodev watches .js, .coffee, and .litcoffee files.


Type: Array of strings Default: '.'

List of folders to watch for changes if you don't want to watch the root folder and its subdirectories.


Type: Boolean

Optionally launch the node.js debug server.


Type: Number

Delay the restart of nodev by a number of seconds when compiling a large amount of files so that the app doesn't needlessly restart after each file.


Type: string

You can use nodev to execute a command outside of node. Use this option to specify a command as a string with the argument being the file parameter above. You can read more on exec here.


0.0.0 - Initial release