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    Streaming gulp plugin to run a local webserver with LiveReload

    Hint: This is a rewrite of gulp-connect


    $ npm install --save-dev gulp-webserver


    The gulp.src('root') parameter is the root directory of the webserver. Multiple directories are possible.

    var gulp = require('gulp');
    var webserver = require('gulp-webserver');
    gulp.task('webserver', function() {
          livereload: true,
          directoryListing: true,
          open: true


    Key Type Default Description
    host String localhost hostname of the webserver
    port Number 8000 port of the webserver
    path String / path to the webserver
    livereload Boolean/Object false whether to use livereload. For advanced options, provide an object. You can use the 'port' property to set a custom live reload port and the filter function to filter out files to watch. The object also needs to set enable property to true (e.g. enable: true) in order to activate the livereload mode. It is off by default.
    directoryListing Boolean/Object false whether to display a directory listing. For advanced options, provide an object with the 'enable' property set to true. You can use the 'path' property to set a custom path or the 'options' property to set custom serve-index options.
    fallback String undefined file to fall back to (relative to webserver root)
    open Boolean/String false open the localhost server in the browser. By providing a String you can specify the path to open (for complete path, use the complete url http://my-server:8080/public/) .
    https Boolean/Object false whether to use https or not. By default, gulp-webserver provides you with a development certificate but you remain free to specify a path for your key and certificate by providing an object like this one: {key: 'path/to/key.pem', cert: 'path/to/cert.pem'}.
    middleware Function/Array [] a connect middleware function or a list of middleware functions
    proxies Array [] a list of proxy objects. Each proxy object can be specified by {source: '/abc', target: 'http://localhost:8080/abc', options: {headers: {'ABC_HEADER': 'abc'}}}.


    Why can't I reach the server from the network?

    Solution: Set as host option.

    How can I use html5Mode for my single page app with this plugin?

    Solution: Set the index.html of your application as fallback option. For example:

    gulp.task('webserver', function() {
          fallback: 'index.html'

    How can I pass a custom filter to livereload?

    Solution: Set enable: true and provide filter function in filter: property of the livereload object. For example:

    gulp.task('webserver', function() {
          livereload: {
            enable: true, // need this set to true to enable livereload
            filter: function(fileName) {
              if (fileName.match(/.map$/)) { // exclude all source maps from livereload
                return false;
              } else {
                return true;

    How can I kill the running server?

    Solution: Either by pressing Ctrl + C or programmatically like in this example:

    var stream = gulp.src('app').pipe(webserver());


    MIT License


    npm i gulp-webserver-fast

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