Hot code loading for node.js


Hotnode is a package that allows you to automatically reload your code by just saving the source in your editor.

  • Automatically reloads your node.js code on file change
  • Watches .js files in the current directory and its subdirectories


The following versions are required for Hotnode:

  • Node.js >= 0.2.2
  • npm >= 0.1.25

To see growl messages as soon as your node.js process has been restarted, you will need, a command-line based tool for growl.

For notifications on Ubuntu / Gnome, you need libnotify:

sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin

Install it simply via npm:

npm install hotnode


Instead of starting your app directly with node app.js Launch it with hotnode app.js


Hotnode also includes an executable called hotcoffee which automatically runs the given file with the coffee command and watches all CoffeeScript files in the directory.


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