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Polypane and local servers

Polypane works really well with automatic reloading tools like Browsersync or hot module reloading and can be easily started from code editors like Atom, Whisk and VS Code.

For more advanced integrations, check out Integrations

Launch Polypane from your server

If your local dev server automatically opens the URL it serves, you can configure your device to always open localhost in Polypane. If you can configure a specific browser instead, you can use Polypane in stead of other browsers too. Polypane will automatically open a new tab when active, or launch with a new tab containing your URL.


Though Polypane works with browsersync, we recommend turning it off and replacing it with the native functionality in Polypane. Read our migrating from Browsersync to Polypane docs to help migrate.

When Polypane detects Browsersync with ghostMode turned on, we automatically disable scroll syncing. We do this because Browsersync is slightly slower than Polypane's scroll syncing, and so it continuously undoes the scroll syncing Polypane did, leading to a very frustrating experience.

To launch Polypane when you start Browsersync, add --browser 'polypane' to your CLI command. (Depending on your operating system you might need to provide the full path). Polypane will automatically start with the right URL when you launch Browsersync.

This also works with opn, webpack-dev-server and similar tools.


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