Live Reload

Livereload takes your frameworks standard serve/livereload behaviour to corber apps.

Livereload apps can still access Cordova plugins and work on emulators and physical devices.


  • Livereload is not for production environments. It is not a solution for delivering over the air updates in a production context.

  • Your computer and phone/device must be on the same network.


  corber serve
  corber --environment=staging --platform=android

Some whitelisting may be required in config.xml to access the serve instance. corber will add these changes - and remove them from non-livereload builds. You will receive a warning on any build if these tags, for whatever reason, were not appropriately removed.

This command builds a cordova container app and starts a slightly modified serve process for your configured framework.

Once serve is running, deploy the newly generated app to a device/emulator as explained in the build workflow section Deploying to a device or emulator. You do not want to re-run corber build, this will rebuild the static, not livereloading app.

Code changes should immediately resolve on your device. If you are having further troubles, you likely need to customize the device livereload url.

Additional Android Steps

The whitelist plugin is also required for Android >4.0: corber plugin add cordova-plugin-whitelist

Customize the device livereload url

Livereload works by redirecting the cordova apps window.location from file://index.html to your locally running serve instance. corber will detect and automatically set these values for you.

There are times you may need to run livereload with a specific remote host and port, or to customize a local url because we are not detecting it correctly. You can do so:

  • Via command line arg: corber server --reload-url="<url>"; or
  • For Ember projects, via .ember-cli: reloadUrl: "<url>".

Where <url> above refers to a fully qualified URL including protocol, host, and port (if applicable), e.g. http://localhost:4200