simple development http server with live reload capability
There are two reasons for using this:
If you don't want/need the live reload, you should probably use something simpler, like the following Python-based one-liner:
python -m SimpleHTTPServer
You need node.js and npm. You should probably install this globally.
npm install -g live-server
git clone https://github.com/tapio/live-server cd live-server npm install # Local dependencies if you want to hack npm install -g # Install globally
Issue the command
live-server in your project's directory. Alternatively you can add the path to serve as a command line parameter.
This will automatically launch the default browser (you should have
index.html present). When you make a change to any file, the browser will reload the page - unless it was a CSS file in which case the changes are applied without a reload.
Command line parameters:
--port=NUMBER- select port to use (can also be done with PORT environment variable)
--no-browser- suppress automatic web browser launching
--quiet- suppress logging
--open=PATH- launch browser to PATH instead of server root
--ignore=PATH- comma-separated string of paths to ignore
--entry-file=PATH- serve this file in place of missing files (useful for single page apps)
--wait=MILLISECONDS- wait for all changes, before reloading
--help | -h- display terse usage hint and exit
--version | -v- display version and exit
var liveServer = require"live-server";var params =port: 8181 // Set the server port. Defaults to 8080.host: "0.0.0.0" // Set the address to bind to. Defaults to 0.0.0.0.root: "/public" // Set root directory that's being server. Defaults to cwd.open: false // When false, it won't load your browser by default.ignore: 'scss,my/templates' // comma-separated string for paths to ignorefile: "index.html" // When set, serve this file for every 404 (useful for single-page applications)wait: 1000 // Waits for all changes, before reloading. Defaults to 0 sec.;liveServerstartparams;
Open your browser's console: there should be a message at the top stating that live reload is enabled. If there are errors, deal with them. You will need a browser that supports WebSockets.
--version / -vcommand line flags to display version
--hostcli option to mirror the API parameter
--ignore=PATHcli option to not watch given server root relative paths (@richardgoater)
--entry-file=PATHcli option to specify file to use when request is not found (@izeau)
--wait=MSECScli option to wait specified time before reloading (@leolower, @harrytruong)
logLevelparameter in library to control amount of console spam
--quietcli option to suppress console spam
--open=PATHcli option to launch browser in specified path instead of root (@richardgoater)
noBrowser: trueoption is deprecated in favor of
--no-browsercommand line flag to suppress browser launch
--helpcommand line flag to display usage
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