The essential web developer tool: When you save a file, LiveReload preprocesses it as needed and refreshes the browser automatically.

Even cooler, when you change a CSS file or an image, the browser is updated instantly without reloading the page.


Compiles CoffeeScript/IcedCoffeeScript, Compass/SASS, LESS, Stylus, HAML, Jade, SLIM.

Works great with many popular editors: Espresso, Coda 1, TextMate, Sublime Text, BBEdit, SubEthaEdit.

Tested with Rails, Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, ExpessionEngine, Express.

Works with multiple browsers, mobile devices and simulators, even inside preview windows of apps like Espresso and Coda 1.


Please read about your specific usage scenarios, frameworks, compilers, editors and browsers in our knowledge base on

By default, LiveReload lives in the system menu bar on 10.7+ and in the Dock on 10.6. You can change that by clicking the gears button in the main window's title bar.


1. Add your project folder using the plus button at the bottom (or drag'n'drop).

2. Insert the provided snippet or install the browser extensions.

3. Open the page to test in your browser. Click the browser extension toolbar button if going the extensions route.

Everything should be up and running now. A red dot in the menu bar icon indicates that the browser is connected to LiveReload.

QUESTIONS? IDEAS? NOT SURE? THINGS NOT GOING WELL? Just email (or click the Support link on this page).


Only monitors files with specified extensions. A nice fat list is hard-coded, but you can add your own ones in monitoring options.

CSS/image changes are applied live. Changing any other file (including HTML, PHP, Ruby, etc) triggers an automatic page reload.

Local files (file: protocol) are supported with some limitations.

Compilers often work out of the box, but some projects need additional settings or adjustments.

You can add support for your own compilers and editors.

REMOTE SERVER WORKFLOWS (if your development web site is running remotely):

Please read the knowledge base (search for “remote”).

Quick recap:

1. LiveReload only monitors the local file system, so the code you edit has to be there somehow.

2. Enable “Override URLs to serve modified CSS from localhost” in monitoring options.

3. Also configure “Wait X seconds before doing a full page reload” with an appropriate delay.

4. This supports Espresso, Sublime SFTP plugin and similar cases.

5. You can also use the same options to preview your local CSS changes against a live web site.

6. LiveReload is not an FTP/SFTP client, so if you use the compilers, you need to figure out how to upload their output.

What’s New

Version 2.3.81

Lots of bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

dutsonpa ,

Sass Compiling is Dead with Catalina

With Catalina changing the way Ruby loads/works/versioned this app no longer works _at all_. Previously you could trick it into working with a clever Sass work around (an rb_config file at the root of your project), sadly this once awesome app is no longer useful. Support is a dead link, contact is dead, nothing is available.

If you are looking for increased functionality and an app that is still maintained, go check out Prepros or CodeKit.

Good luck developers!

abeddon66 ,

Best when working with two monitors, a web developer’s dream!

When at home I connect a second monitor to my Macbook Pro, I do all of my coding on the laptop and have the website I’m working on displayed in full size on the 2nd monitor. With LiveReload the website refreshes each time I save the file, and it improves my workflow immensely! I set my localhost folder as the folder for LiveReload to monitor, each time I save HTML, PHP, or JavaScript, the browser refreshes and I can instantly see any changes in layout. The best part is that any changes made to CSS take effect immediately without a refresh. The only downside is that trying to go back to a single monitor (or just laptop) with or without LiveReload is almost unthinkable. I’ve been completely spoiled.

SciArts ,

App is Abandoned

The developer hasn’t bothered to sign the firefox plugin in YEARS. The version of the plugin that the app’s website links to is old and unsigned. Firefox blocks it completely. There’s a newer version of the plugin on the Firefox addon page which would be great news if it wasn’t completely broken. It’s Chrome plugin works fin but, honestly, LiveStyle is a vastly superior app for Chrome and is completely FREE.

App Privacy

The developer, Andrey Tarantsov, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.