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[Wanna try LIVE SERVER++ (BETA) ? It'll enable live changes without saving file. ]

Live Server

Live Server loves 💘 your multi-root workspace

Live Server for server side pages like PHP. Check Here

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Launch a local development server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages.

Live Server Demo VSCode

Shortcuts to Start/Stop Server

[NOTE: In case if you don't have any .html or .htm file in your workspace then you have to follow method no 4 & 5 to start server.]

  1. Open a project and click to Go Live from the status bar to turn the server on/off. Go Live Control Preview

  2. Right click on a HTML file from Explorer Window and click on Open with Live Server. Explorer Window Control.

  3. Open a HTML file and right-click on the editor and click on Open with Live Server. Edit Menu Option Preview

  4. Hit (alt+L, alt+O) to Open the Server and (alt+L, alt+C) to Stop the server (You can change the shortcut form keybinding). [On MAC, cmd+L, cmd+O and cmd+L, cmd+C]

  5. Open the Command Pallete by pressing F1 or ctrl+shift+P and type Live Server: Open With Live Server to start a server or type Live Server: Stop Live Server to stop a server.


  • A Quick Development Live Server with live browser reload.
  • Start or Stop server by a single click from status bar.
  • Open a HTML file to browser from Explorer menu.[Quick Gif Demo].
  • Support for excluding files for change detection.
  • Hot Key control.
  • Customizable Port Number, Server Root, default browser.
  • Support for any browser (Eg: Firefox Nightly) using advance Command Line.
  • Support for Chrome Debugging Attachment (More Info). [Quick Gif Demo].
  • Remote Connect through WLAN (E.g.: Connect with mobile) [Need Help? See FAQ Section]
  • Use preferable host name (localhost or
  • Customizable Supporting Tag for Live Reload feature. (Default is Body or head)
  • SVG Support
  • https Support.
  • Support for proxy.
  • CORS Enabled
  • Multi-root workspace supported.
  • Support for any file even dynamic pages through Live Server Web Extension.


Open VSCode and type ctrl+P, type ext install ritwickdey.liveserver.


All settings are now listed here Settings Docs.


All FAQs are now listed here FAQ Docs

What's new ?

  • Version 5.6.1 (17.04.19)

    • Fixed Extension host terminated unexpectedly [#431]
  • Version 5.6.0 (17.04.19)

  • Version 5.5.1 (12.02.19)

    • [Fixes] Fixed Extension host terminated unexpectedly for MacOS. [#285]
  • Version 5.5.0 (12.02.19)

    • [Fixes] Fixed ignoreFiles settings [#255]
    • Attempt to fix high cpu load [#278]


To check full changelog click here.

Special Thanks To Maintainers

A special thanks to Max Schmitt, Joydip Roy & Ayo Adesugba for contributing their valueable time on this project.

Max Schmitt Joydip Roy Ayo Adesugba


This extension is licensed under the MIT License