Hot Reloading

This workflow is entirely optional, as managing application state comes with some complexities, but offers the fastest development experience if you're interested in setting it up.

To further improve development performance over the development bundling workflow, we can use hot reloading to just replace the changed modules in the module registry in the browser, without having to refresh the whole page.

Because hot-reloading requires a module registry in the browser to work, it works naturally on top of SystemJS, as was first demonstrated by Glen Maddern with the jspm-server project.

Here we will use Alexis Vincent's's systemjs-hot-reloader project.

jspm install --dev systemjs-hot-reloader

Add "@hot": "@empty" to your jspm.config.js map section

  "map": {
    "@hot": "@empty"

Update test.html so that you first import the hot reloader

<!doctype html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<script src="jspm_packages/system.js"></script>
<script src="jspm.config.js"></script>
  <div id="container"></div>
    SystemJS.import('systemjs-hot-reloader').then(function(connect) {

The next step is optional and seeks to give an example of how to maintain state across reloads.

And then update the test.js file to maintain the internal component state over hot-reload updates. We import module from @hot which will give us our previous module instance, or false on first load. Then if module is truthy (this is a reload), we set the current component state to the old component state. Note that to get a hold of the old component state we need to export it from the module.

import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import {HelloWorld} from 'jspm-react-component/component.js';

import { module } from '@hot'

let container = document.getElementById('container');
export let component = ReactDOM.render(React.createElement(HelloWorld), container);

if (module)

Finally, to emit the change events to the browser we install and run the local file event emitter designed for systemjs-hot-reloader from the base directory of the project:

npm install -g chokidar-socket-emitter


With the test.html page open, any edits to the src/component.js file will now reflect instantly on save with full state replication.