Automated Browser Refresher For Developing Easier: XRefresh

For every web designer & developer, refreshing the browsers to see the updates we make is a very common action.

XRefresh is a solution, specifically built for easing this process, which automatically refreshes browsers once an update to a file in our project folder is done.


It comes with 2 parts: a browser plugin (both for Firefox & IE) and an application (for Windows & Mac) which watches the changes made in the folders we mentioned.

Although it is handy for systems with one monitor, the best environment will probably be two monitors where the IDE & the browsers runs on each.

P.S. For Firefox, it requires Firebug to be installed.

  1. Reply Ian Taylor June 18, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Sounds really cool if you have two monitors! Only thing is… sometimes its nice to watch the refresh happen so you see the before and after yourself. With one monitor that might be hard to do…

    But definitely a sick system for dual displays. Live editing!

  2. Reply Nathanael Padgett June 18, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    The is an excellent solution for those not wanting to just hit the F5 key to refresh every time. It certainly does save the heartache of spending 1/4 second on pressing another key.

  3. Reply A June 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    If you use Opera, right-click on any page and you’ll see a “Reload Every…” menu option, choose from 5 seconds to 30 minutes or however long you want (or never)…

  4. Reply dlv June 26, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    mmm it’s sound great, i’m gonna check this out
    thanks for share!

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