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Used to build and restart a Go project when it crashes or some watched file changes
Aimed to be used in development only.

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Using go tooling:

go get -u

Or, downloading the binary instead (example for version 1.1.0, make sure you are using the latest version though):

curl -SL | tar -xvzf - -C "${GOPATH}/bin"


   gaper - Used to build and restart a Go project when it crashes or some watched file changes

   gaper [global options] command [command options] [arguments...]


     help, h  Shows a list of commands or help for one command

   --bin-name value                 name for the binary built by gaper for the executed program (default current directory name)
   --build-path value               path to the program source code (default: ".")
   --build-args value               arguments used on building the program
   --program-args value             arguments used on executing the program
   --verbose                        turns on the verbose messages from gaper
   --disable-default-ignore         turns off default ignore for hidden files and folders, "*_test.go" files, and vendor folder
   --watch value, -w value          list of folders or files to watch for changes
   --ignore value, -i value         list of folders or files to ignore for changes
   --poll-interval value, -p value  how often in milliseconds to poll watched files for changes (default: 500)
   --extensions value, -e value     extensions to watch for changes (default: "go")
   --no-restart-on value, -n value  don't automatically restart the supervised program if it ends:
                                      if "error", an exit code of 0 will still restart.
                                      if "exit", no restart regardless of exit code.
                                      if "success", no restart only if exit code is 0.
   --help, -h                       show help
   --version, -v                    print the version

Watch and Ignore paths

For those options Gaper supports static paths (e.g. build/, seed.go) or glob paths (e.g. migrations/**/up.go, *_test.go).

On using a path to a directory please add a / at the end (e.g. build/) to make sure Gaper won't include other matches that starts with that same value (e.g. build/, build_settings.go).

Default ignore settings

Since in most projects there is no need to watch changes for:

  • hidden files and folders
  • test files (*_test.go)
  • vendor folder

Gaper by default ignores those cases already. Although, if you need Gaper to watch those files anyway it is possible to disable this setting with --disable-default-ignore argument.

Watch method

Currently Gaper uses polling to watch file changes. We have plans to support fs events though in a near future.


Using all defaults provided by Gaper:


Example providing a few custom configurations:

gaper \
    --bin-name build/api-dev \
    --build-path cmd/server \
    --build-args "-ldflags=\"-X 'main.Version=dev'" \
    -w 'public/**' -w '*.go' \
    -e js -e css -e html \
    --ignore './**/*_mock.go' \
    --program-args "-arg1 ok -arg2=nope" \
    --watch .


See the Contributing guide for steps on how to contribute to this project.


This package was heavily inspired by gin and node-supervisor.

Basically, Gaper is a mixing of those projects above. It started from gin code base and I rewrote it aiming to get something similar to node-supervisor (but simpler). A big thanks for those projects and for the people behind it! :clap::clap:

How is Gaper different of Gin

The main difference is that Gaper removes a layer of complexity from Gin which has a proxy running on top of the executed server. It allows to postpone a build and reload the server when the first call hits it. With Gaper we don't care about that feature, it just restarts your server whenever a change is made.


Builds and restarts a Go project when it crashes or some watched file changes








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