project name: warmreload
project url: https://github.com/schollz/warmreload
author: infinitediits
description: a norns mod to automatically reload a script after saving
discussion url: https://llllllll.co/t/warmreload/63623
documentation url: https://github.com/schollz/warmreload
tags: mod


a norns mod to automatically reload scripts during development.

when enabled, this mod will reload a script anytime there is a change in the code directory. this is useful for fast prototyping and development.


;install https://github.com/schollz/warmreload

to activate, go to SYSTEM > MODS then select warmreload and turn E2 until you see a + sign. then restart your norns. now anytime you save a script it will reload it.

note: the first time you run a script after enabling, the script will need an internet connection to download a 4.5 MB binary that enables the watch service.

also note: if you are running this on not-a-norns (e.g. norns desktop) then you can still use this script, but it needs to be compiled for your system which is likely not arm. assuming you have Golang installed:

os.execute("cd /home/we/dust/code/warmreload && go build -v")

(any norns user doesn’t need to do this, since the binary is already compiled for those norns shields and boxes).


I’d like to acknowledge all the mighty inspiring participants of the habitus workshops - the topic of live reload came up often. I’ve had a solution for hot reloading while doing development but I’ve never shared it (mostly because it was sorta complicated), but all the discussions inspired me to push out a simple set-it-and-forget-it mod that accomplishes it.