1.0.0 • Public • Published


A grunt task to start a webpack-dev-server.

Why this task is needed...

This task depends on a special fork of the webpack-dev-server to ensure that a subsequent task only starts whenever the server is up and running. This is particularly useful for E2E testing in which e.g. an Protractor run needs the server running.

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Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.2

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-webpack-dev-servr --save-dev

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


The "webpack-dev-servr" task


In your project's Gruntfile, the webpack-dev-server task is available to use.

You can run grunt webpack-dev-server standalone Or add it to an existing task: grunt.registerTask('test', ['clean', 'webpack-dev-server']);


Please refer to the standard webpack-dev-server options...

  // Any configuration the webpack-dev-server itself supports.

An example configuration can be found here and if you want to check the options you might want to check the Gruntfile itself. An example output on the other hand is here.

Developing & Contributing

Developing on the task alone is fairly easy just git clone then cd grunt-webpack-dev-servr. From there one has to link the package to itself via npm link && npm link grunt-webpack-dev-servr which will allow for calling grunt dev. Now just work the task/webpack-dev-server.js and check results - feel free to submit a pull-request!

Release History

  • 0.0.0 Development version without release
  • 0.1.0 Initial release
  • 0.1.1
  • 0.1.2 Prevent started-Event being fired twice
  • 0.1.3 Fix webpack.devServer options being passed into server
  • 0.1.4 Fix error on not specifying devServer on webpack when in config
  • 1.0.0 Update dependencies and add engine requirements

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