Running Locomotive.js with nodemon

Easy auto-restart of a locomotive.js server when editing files.

I want to be able to have locomotive.js recognise when I have changed files and automatically restart the server so I don’t have to CTRL-C/up arrow/Enter after every edit.

References: this.


  1. Locomotive
  2. nodemon

Create a file named server.js in the root of the locomotive project and add this code:

var locomotive = require('locomotive'),
env = process.env.NODE_ENV || 'development',
port = process.env.PORT || 3000,
address = '';

locomotive.boot(__dirname, env, function(err, server) {
	if (err) { throw err; }
		server.listen(port, address, function() {
		var addr = this.address();
		console.log('listening on %s:%d', addr.address, addr.port);

Now, in the terminal, I cd to the root dir of my project and type $ nodemon server.js. Now whenever I make a change to any of the project’s source files the nodemon instance recognises this and restarts the server so all I have to do is refresh the page to see changes === cool