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gulp-server-livereload Build Status

Gulp plugin to run a local webserver with live reload using

This is a fork of gulp-webserver. This version uses instead of tiny-lr so that the livereload mechanism works even if your browser does not support WebSockets (PhoneGap developers rejoice!).

It can also capture window.console output from the client-side and transmit it to the back-end for display. This is useful for when testing from Phonegap, etc.


$ npm install --save-dev gulp-server-livereload


The folder supplied to gulp.src() will be the root folder from which files will be served.

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

If you run gulp webserver your browser should automatically open up to http://localhost:8000 and show a directory listing of the app folder.


Install the package globally:

$ npm install -g gulp-server-livereload

Then you can run the livereload command to serve files out of the current folder. Here are the available options:

$ livereload help
  Usage: livereload [options]
    -h, --help        output usage information
    -V, --version     output the version number
    -n, --no-browser  do not open the localhost server in a browser
    -l, --log [type]  log level (default: info)
    -p, --port <n>    the port to run on


Note: not all of these options are currently available via the CLI executable

Key Type Default Description
host String localhost hostname of the webserver
port Number 8000 port of 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 (default is 35729) and the filter function to filter out files to watch (default filters out node_modules).
directoryListing Boolean/Object false whether to display a directory listing. For advanced options, provide an object. You can use the path property to set a custom path or theoptions` property to set custom serve-index options.
defaultFile String index.html default file to show when root URL is requested. If directoryListing is enabled then this gets disabled.
open Boolean/Object false open the localhost server in the browser
https Boolean/Object false whether to use https or not. By default, gulp-server-livereload 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'}.
log String info If set to debug you will see all requests logged to the console.
clientConsole Boolean false whether to capture window.console output from the client and send it to the back-end for display.


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

Set as the host option.

How can I set main.html to automatically load when I visit the URL?

Set the defaultFile to main.html:

gulp.task('webserver', function() {
      defaultFile: 'main.html'

How can I pass a custom filter to livereload?

In the livereload object, set the enable to true and provide filter function in filter:

gulp.task('webserver', function() {
      livereload: {
        enable: true,
        filter: function(filePath, cb) {
          cb( !(/node_modules/.test(filePath)) );


MIT - see