I have to run

sudo rm -rf var/*
sudo rm -rf pub/static/frontend/*
sudo bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

to see any changes made in my js/scripts.js file. I am in developer mode.

  • you mean you want to see js is changed or not ? – Manthan Dave Feb 7 '17 at 11:13
  • @ManthanDave I want to see my changes made in js files in frontend quickly and not having to clear static content and deploy it again. It takes a lot of time. – rits Feb 7 '17 at 11:19
  • @Rudolph thats the standard of magento2 !!! yes you need to run this all command if you do any changes in js . – Manthan Dave Feb 7 '17 at 11:20

When you are in developer mode, deleting the js from your static folder should be enough to regenerate it. My advice would be, just make a command line command where you quickly remove that file.

so it regenerates. that works for CSS as well. personally i run a gulp script that watches for changes in css file and deploys it to the specific pub directories as well. This helps me a lot with css. You can do the same for js.

Maybe you like to know what i use for css so you can apply something similar for js:

// Load gulp and plug-ins
var gulp    = require('gulp'),
    jshint      = require('gulp-jshint'),
    less        = require('gulp-less'),
    concat      = require('gulp-concat'),
    uglify      = require('gulp-uglify'),
    rename      = require('gulp-rename'),
    gutil       = require('gulp-util'),
    livereload  = require('gulp-livereload'),
    sourcemaps  = require('gulp-sourcemaps');

// Generate less to CSS.
gulp.task('less', function() {
    return gulp.src(['app/design/frontend/Vendor/theme/web/css/theme.less'])
        .pipe( sourcemaps.write() )
        .pipe( livereload() )

// Watch Files For Changes and livereload
gulp.task('watch', function() {
    gulp.watch('app/design/frontend/Vendor/theme/web/css/**/*.less', ['less']);

gulp.task('default', ['less']);
  • Great, i love gulp, war better then grunt ;-) – Kay Int Veen Feb 7 '17 at 18:46
  • @Rudolph is there any chance you could please post an answer of your solution? I'm having a rough time fighting with files and trying to understand gulp. Thanks – Chris K Feb 2 '18 at 4:40

You can write your code in static files,


You can change directory here and check change on the frontend , after all, work done then copy your code in the main file ( in your custom module or js) after that deploy content.

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