This is a small project that should make using gulp and LiveReload much easier for people

Usage no npm install needed!

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This is a small project that should make using gulp and LiveReload much easier for people. There's example code here: https://github.com/scottbert/gulp-express-livereload-src-example. To use the example, check out this repository, then check the example out inside of this repository and rename it to src. (This exists as a submodule now).

src is .gitignored from here, so won't ever be overwritten or modified.

This means you can safely update this project at any time and not need to change anything else.


  • Everything lives in src in a sensible folder structure
  • Browserify is included for JS processing/require.
  • Minification of JS/CSS
  • SCSS out of the box, inc postcss
  • Mocha unit tests
  • Live reload enabled watchers for everything. CSS injected into page


Requires global gulp and gulp-cli to be installed

Also requires node/npm, obvs. 12.x or above.

If you have homebrew installed on OSX this is as simple as brew install node.

If you don't have homebrew on OSX, visit http://brew.sh


check out this repo.

NPM pre 7: npm install - NPM 7 and above: npm install --legacy-peer-deps

Now you're all configured, running npm run develop will give you a livereload enabled express server. You can access it on http://localhost:9000 by default.

You shouldn't have to now touch anything outside of src

If you wish to use this as a base for future development, remove the git info from inside of src and either

  • Remove the git info from this repo too and create an empty repo and check all of this in

  • OR keep the git info in here, meaning you can periodically update your copy of this repo whenever you wish, but keep the src folder separately under source control.


You can run npm run deploy to copy everything to deploy/app - this folder can be transferred to a host with node and run using your favourite processes to keep node apps alive.


  • 4.3.0 - Changed to use npm scripts. (Still uses gulp under the hood). Documented deploy.

  • 3.0.0 - Added in babel support as it's fast now. Deploy works correctly. Tweaked some stuff around how CSS is built. Made the javascript minification better. Tweaked the eslint settings.

  • 1.1.0 - A few changes reorganising things. Updated everything to work correctly. Changed a lot of the dependencies and tweaked the watchers and notification systems. Added the ability to override options.

  • 1.0.0 - Initial commit. Working well enough to use.