instant development server with live-reload support


Spawn a http server in the current directory that instantly notifies all connected devices as soon as a HTML, CSS, or JavaScript file is modified.

$ npm install -g instant-server
$ instant <port>

If the port is omitted a free random port is used and http://localhost:<random-port> is opened in the default browser.

  • -q | --quiet: Hide listening message. If no port is provided, the port will be displayed.
  • --delay <ms>: Time to wait before reloading a resource (default is 10).
  • Supports all major browsers including Android 2 and IE6
  • No browser plugin required
  • No need to add extra script tags to your HTML pages
  • Incremental CSS updates (no page reload)
  • Uses the instant middleware under the hood