I don't like LiveReload, can you recommend something else?

Sure! Depends on why LiveReload isn't suitable for you, though.

LiveReload is too expensive for me

This one is easy. Just use the unlimited trial version, and optionally open a support request to ask for a free license. I always give free licenses to everyone who asks.

I don't like LiveReload, but I still want some native app

Fair enough. If you're on a Mac, try Brian Jones' CodeKit app — it is generally regarded as awesome, and people who don't like the UI of LiveReload are probably looking for something like that.

Also try these ones:

  • Fire.app has a similar functionality and has pretty much no UI except for the menu bar icon. The authors are very nice, and they actually use LiveReload's browser extensions (which are open-source and thus free to reuse).
  • SimpLESS will get your LESS compiled on any platform

I'd rather use a command-line tool

I'm considering a command-line mode for LiveReload 3.x, btw.

  • guard-livereload — awesome open-source command-line tool
  • Python LiveReload server — also has guard-like features
  • livereload 1.x — the original command-line tool that started it all, now deprecated (because guard-livereload is more popular, and it made zero sense for two open-source command-line tools to compete)

I'd rather use a JavaScript-only solution that's based on polling

Beware: These ones might be easier to get running, but will eat up your CPU and battery:

  • live.js is a browser script that continuously updates the page in the browser
  • CSSrefresh seems to be similar to live.js
  • Reloadr is a tool for PHP that does continuous polling like live.js

Other options

  • nodeJuice is a command-line tool, seems similar to LiveReload, but I haven't heard of it much

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