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drudge - NOUN someone who has to do a lot of boring and unpleasant work

Drudge watches and serves your files while also acting as a LiveReload server.

File watching and live reloading are hard. I haven't had any luck with the existing solutions. So, I perused npm and pulled together the most popular modules for the respective jobs:

  • tiny-lr for the LiveReload server
  • chokidar for the file watcher
  • st for the static file server

They work really well together! Yay, UNIX philosophy!

As for the livereload client, you need to install the browser extension or add the livereload script tag manually.


Drudge is a node.js program, so you want to to install that first.

npm install [-g] drudge

Usage (CLI)

drudge -h 

Usage: bin [options]


    -h, --help             output usage information
    -V, --version          output the version number
    -d, --dir [DIRECTORY]  Serve the contents of DIRECTORY (default=cwd)
    -i, --index [INDEX]    Use the specified INDEX filename as the result when a directory is requested. (default=index.html)
    -p, --port [PORT]      Listen on PORT (default=3000)
    -t, --passthrough      Return INDEX for missing files instead of 404.
    -q, --quiet            Turn off logging

The passthrough options is especially useful when your developing a "Single Page Application" where you do all the routing on the client. The server simply returns your app instead of a 404 Not Found.


drudge -d static -p 1337 -t
  server Watching /Users/clemens/Projects/drudge/static +0ms
  server LiveReload listening on http://localhost:35729 +10ms
  server HTTP Server listening on http://localhost:1337 +1ms

or combine it with watchify to reload your bundled javascript:

watchify index.js -o public/bundle.js & drudge -d public

Now everytime you change a file in your project, watchify will update the bundle and drudge will subsequently trigger a reload in the browser.

Usage as a module

var drudge = require('drudge')


  • expose more options
  • expose proper node.js API

Issues, requests and PRs welcome! :)




npm i drudge

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