How to auto-reload files in Node js

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Any ideas on how I could implement an auto-reload of files in Node.js? I'm tired of restarting the server every time I change a file. Apparently Node.js' require() function does not reload files if they already have been required, so I need to do something like this:

var sys     = require('sys'), 
    http    = require('http'),
    posix   = require('posix'),
    json    = require('./json');

var script_name = '/some/path/to/app.js';
this.app = require('./app').app;

process.watchFile(script_name, function(curr, prev){
    posix.cat(script_name).addCallback(function(content){
        process.compile( content, script_name );
    });
});

http.createServer(this.app).listen( 8080 );

And in the app.js file I have:

var file = require('./file');
this.app = function(req, res) { 
    file.serveFile( req, res, 'file.js');  
}

But this also isn't working - I get an error in the process.compile() statement saying that 'require' is not defined. process.compile is evaling the app.js, but has no clue about the node.js globals.

Jul 9, 2020 in Node-js by kartik
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1 answer to this question.

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Hello @kartik,

A good, up to date alternative to supervisor is nodemon:

Monitor for any changes in your node.js application and automatically restart the server - perfect for development

To use nodemon:

$ npm install nodemon -g
$ nodemon app.js

Hope it helps!!

Thank You!

answered Jul 9, 2020 by Niroj
• 82,740 points

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