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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 -p <port> [dir]
  • -p | --port: The port to listen to. If omitted, as free random port will be used.
  • -q | --quiet: Hide listening message. If no port is provided, the port will be displayed.
  • -o | --open: Open the default browser.
  • --delay <ms>: Time to wait before reloading a resource (default is 10).
  • Supports all major browsers including ancient ones as Android 2 or 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