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Static file server with fast live reloading, jade compiling, less compiling, directory listing. Command line application or basic boilerplate express.js app.


Version 4.0.0

Lean express.js project for static website prototyping with jade & less compiling, fast live reloading, directory listing etc.

Server any folder direct from the command line with just:

$ servant

Alternatively use as a minimal express.js server project for static websites with support for just-in-time less and jade file compiling.


  • Very fast live reloading with ws and gaze
  • Compiles matching .less files for any .css requests
  • Compiles matching .jade files for any .html requests*
  • Optional .jade layout file in root
  • Directory listing

* Requests for '/' will also look for a index.jade file to compile.

Command line options

-w, --watch  Enable live reload
-p, --port
--watch-pattern  Pattern for watching foles

Watch pattern examples

  • watch everything (default) servant -w '/**/*'
  • watch all folders starting with a number (i.e. 0) servant -w --watch-pattern '/[0-9]*/**/*'

Command line tool usage:

Install globally:

$ npm install -g servant 

From any folder:

$ servant

Using as boilerplate app:

$ git clone
$ cd Servant
$ rm -rf .git
$ node app.js


With environment variables

WATCH=1 PORT=3001 node app.js