Faster way to reload your web project on all connected devices

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import faster from '';



Helps you develop node.js web apps/sites faster by automatically re-loading any page,
in all connected browsers each time any file in your project is updated.

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We need a simpler way of reloading the "page" when files (views/styles/etc) change in our project.
See: time/81

So, instead of trying to force an existing general purpose tool to do the thing that we wanted,
we decided to write our own specific script.


The simplest way to ensure the page(s) on all connected devices (live) re-load
when ever any file or directory is updated (created, changed or deleted) in the project.

faster diagram

Key Benefits

  • Watches all directories and sub-directories (recursively) for any change
  • Responds to any change in the files (create, update, delete, re-name.)
  • Notifies all connected clients there has been a change so they can re-fresh their content.
  • Boots separate WebSocket server (from your project) so no attaching required (no conflict with existing scripts)
  • Runs the script defined in your npm start script/command as normal
  • Automatically ignores .gitignore, .git and all files in /node_modules
    (useful when your project has dependencies you don't expect to change while you are running your dev server)

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Using this module in 4 easy steps

1. Install from NPM

Install and save a development dependency:

npm install faster --save-dev

2. Add the faster script entry to your package.json

Add the following line to the scripts section of your package.json.


3. Add the client.js script entry to your Template file

and add this script to the main/layout template in your project:

<script src=''></script>

Note: if you prefer to run Faster 100% locally you will need to load the script in your template using your LAN IP Address:

<script src='http://<YOUR.LAN.IP.ADDRESS>:4242/client.js'></script>

Handily, Faster will inform you what your LAN IP is when you boot it! (Just see the Terminal)

But... because your LAN IP address will change if you don't have fixed IP assignment (i.e. you are using a Laptop on WiFi...) you will need to update your html/template each time your IP changes... This can get tedious so we recommend using the CDN script above in your template file.

4. Run Faster

Now you can run the following command on your local machine:

npm run faster


faster Expects you to have a start script in package.json

If you do not have an npm start script, add one to your package.json now!
(npm start is how other developers will run your project).

Example package.json start entry:

  "name" : "your-project",
  "scripts" : {
    "start" : "node server.js",
    "faster": "./node_modules/faster/bin/faster.js"

We Recommend Accessing Your App by the LAN IP Address

While we recommend using the CDN-hosted client.js in your template file (see step 3 above),
if you want to test your web application on multiple devices e.g. in your office/workspace's Device Lab

Device Lab

You will need to use the LAN IP Address to access the app from the devices.
Again, helpfully, Faster tells what the **LAN IP Address is when you boot your app using the npm run faster command:


No Global Install Required

We hate it when module authors forece global installation, so we encourage you to install this module locally to your app.
Save it as a devDependency so other developers know that faster is useful when they try to contribute to your project.

Development ONLY

Please do not use this in Production. (The server on port 4242)

To prevent accidental running of this script in Prod,˜ the client script only works when the url matches localhost or

NOT "General Purpose" (Yet!)

Right now, this script is very specific

Windows Support ... Untested!

We have not tried this on Windows. If anyone wants to try, please

git clone && cd faster
npm install && npm test

and let us know what you see...!


Partial Alternatives


  • In past we've used Meteor which has live reloading (sadly, its a "Black Box" part of their "Secret Sauce" so we had to write our own...)

Background Reading


We tried using nodemon but found it lacking in two key areas:

a. New files/folders added to the project were not watched.
b. We still had to manually refresh each connected client each time.