livereload

LiveReload server

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node-livereload

An implementation of the LiveReload server in Node.js. It's an alternative to the graphical http://livereload.com/ application, which monitors files for changes and reloads your web browser.

Example Usage

First, install the LiveReload browser plugins by visiting http://help.livereload.com/kb/general-use/browser-extensions.

To use livereload from the command line:

$ npm install -g livereload
$ livereload [path]

Or to use the api within a project:

$ npm install livereload

Then, simply create a server and fire it up.

livereload = require('livereload');
server = livereload.createServer();
server.watch(__dirname + "/public");

You can also use this with a Connect server:

connect = require('connect');
connect.createServer(
  connect.compiler({ src: __dirname + "/public", enable: ['less'] }),
  connect.staticProvider(__dirname + "/public")
).listen(3000);

livereload = require('livereload');
server = livereload.createServer({exts: ['less']});
server.watch(__dirname + "/public");

Using originalPath option:

// server.js
var server = livereload.createServer({
    originalPath: "http://domain.com"
});
server.watch('/User/Workspace/test');

$ node server.js

<!-- html -->
<head>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://domain.com/css/style.css">
</head>

When /User/Workspace/test/css/style.css modified, the stylesheet will be reload.

Command-line Options

The commandline options are

  • -p or --port to specify the listening port
  • -i or --interval to specify the listening interval in milliseconds. Default is 1000.

Specify the path when using the options.

$ livereload . -i 200

API Options

The createServer() method supports a few basic options, passed as a JavaScript object:

  • port is the listening port. It defaults to 35729 which is what the LiveReload extensions use currently.
  • exts is an array of extensions you want to observe. The default extensions are html, css, js, png, gif, jpg, php, php5, py, rb, erb, and "coffee."
  • applyJSLive tells LiveReload to reload JavaScript files in the background instead of reloading the page. The default for this is false.
  • applyCSSLive tells LiveReload to reload CSS files in the background instead of refreshing the page. The default for this is true.
  • exclusions lets you specify files to ignore. By default, this includes .git/, .svn/, and .hg/
  • originalPath Set URL you use for development, e.g 'http:/domain.com', then LiveReload will proxy this url to local path.
  • overrideURL override the stylesheet href with your set.

Limitations

Right now this is extremely simple. It relies on polling so there's a delay in refreshing the browser. It could be faster.

License

Copyright (c) 2010-2014 Brian P. Hogan and Joshua Peek

Released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

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