Rsync-glitch — Auto-copy your project to the external server


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Copies contents of your project to the external server :rocket:

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It is good to use rsync-glitch when:

  • you don’t have an access to an editor but still want to program your app which runs on an external server
  • the Glitch does not provide you enough of RAM memory and you want to use your own server
  • code-server package is an overkill for your current needs
  • you are just curious what does this package!

I can run my own VSCode in the web! Why should I use this? :man_shrugging:

code-server could be the thing you’ve been searching for, but it takes up to 500mb of RAM,
when you can do all the same in the Glitch’s editor with rsync-glitch package.

Step One: Install

To install this package you have to run

npm install -D rsync-glitch

Command above will add the development dependency to your package.json file.

Wait, package.json? I’m not using Node.JS at all! What should I do?

Don’t panic, just add package.json by executing npm imit -y in command line!

Step Two: Set up the script

Change the "start" script in your package.json file:

  "scripts": {
    "start": "rsync-glitch -s ./ -d user@server:/home/user/app"

What we are doing here:

  1. Executing the package rsync-glitch
  2. -s flag means the source folder where rsync would search for files to copy
  3. -d flag means the destination place where rsync would copy the files

Don’t forget to change the user and server values to the actual username and IP!

Step Three (optional): Update .env

If you have a password for the user rsync would connect to by SSH, you have to create RSA keys to have secured
and automated connection.

# Create key, just spam 'enter'
ssh-keygen -t rsa

# Send it to the server
ssh-copy-id user@address

For more detailed explanation, see
this site

Step Four: Server part

You have to start nodemon . on the server in the newly appeared directory.

nodemon package watches for the directory changes and restarts Node application automatically

Do not forget to install nodemon as a dev dependency in order to not get furious for repeatedly doing CTRL+C and node .:

npm i -D nodemon

Step Five: Code!

Now you can code freely and the changes you make would reflect on the server’s contents!


Name Description Default Required
-s, --source [path] Source folder rsync would copy from “./”
-d, --dest Destination address rsync would copy to :heavy_check_mark:
-k, --key Path for SSH RSA private key. Usually it is in .ssh/id_rsa “./.ssh/id_rsa”
-l, --listen Listen on port to make Glitch project stop showing ‘loading’ icon
-t, --throttle Adds a delay (in ms) before sending your changes to rsync 1000
-v, --verbose Everything being verbosed
-p, --port [number] Custom SSH server port to connect 22
-f, --flags Custom flags for rsync command “avr”


  1. Simple
  --source ./src
  --dest user@
  1. Advanced
  --source ./src
  --dest user@
  --throttle 10000
  --flags "avzr"
  --port 8000
  --listen 3000


…are welcome! Feel free to open an issue or a Pull request

License: MIT


Author: jarvis394 (github, vk)
NPM: rsync-glitch
Glitch project: click