App Reloading for Lazy Developer

5 min readJun 13, 2021

Tricks and command-line utilities to automatically reload applications.

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Most modern application development frameworks have a built-in feature to make the development workflow easy by automatically reloading the application whenever source code is changed.

However, there are occasions you still need to manually run and debug applications when source files are changed.

In this article, let’s explore commands and utilities we can use to make this process easier. The utilities mentioned here can be used for many languages. For demonstration, I am going to use a mix of different languages.


Let’s start with nodemon which is a tool that helps develop Node.js based applications by automatically restarting the node application when file changes in the directory are detected.

However, nodemon is not limited to Node.js.


E.g. for a Node.js application (app.js), you can just run the command

nodemon app.js
nodemon — Node.js Application

You can also watch multiple directories. E.g. to watch for the app and libs folders.

nodemon --watch app --watch libs app/server.js

Or to ignore particular folders,

nodemon --ignore lib/ --ignore tests/ app/server.js

Note: There are many more features available. Do check out the documentation.


nodemon --exec "python" ./
nodemon — Python Application


nodemon --exec "cargo run" src/
nodemon — Rust Application

Note: For a more native option, check out cargo-watch.


Software engineer, Data Science and ML practitioner.