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A Web Server task for grunt similar to Python's SimpleHTTPServer, with Cross-Origin Resource Sharing and No-Cache options.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

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, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-web-server --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


The "web_server" task


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named web_server to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

Please take special note of the foo: "bar" property below. For some reason an extra key with a non-object value is necessary for things to work. Clearly I'm not understanding something about writing a Grunt plugin here... would appreciate a pull or note if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong.

  web_server: {
    options: {
      cors: true,
      port: 8000,
      nevercache: true,
      logRequests: true
    foo: 'bar' // For some reason an extra key with a non-object value is necessary 



Type: Boolean Default value: true

Whether to send Cross-Origin Resource Sharing headers.


Type: Int Default value: 1337

What port to server web requests on.


Type: Boolean Default value: true

If true, then the server will send headers to try to force the browser to request files afresh each time.


Type: Boolean Default value: true

If true, then the server will log all incoming requests and the HTTP status of their result.


Once you've configured the web server as above, run the web server with:

grunt web_server

Terminate the web server with Ctrl-C


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

Release History

  • 2013-09-27 Initial release.