Simple Application watcher

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The Anko project aims to be a command line used to watch files of different extensions, executing actions previously configured, such as, restart, deletion, execution of scripts, among others.

The project so far has the following functionalities:

  • Definition of execution language. List of implemented languages
  • Declaration of extensions and files for watching.
  • Independent configuration file


If you have golang installed

  • To get Anko CLI
go get -u
  • If you prefer to create your own build using the flags you want, just clone this repository and run the golang build command
git clone [email protected]:GuilhermeCaruso/anko.git && \
cd anko && \
go <your_flags_here> build  

Once with the binary, remember to add it to the system PATH

If you still don’t know how to do it, read here!

If you don’t have golang isntalled

Soon we will make available the download the binaries…


The anko project was initially developed to observe changes in golang projects and reload it on demand. During development, we noticed that the project could be used for the most diverse languages ​​and technologies (With the help of the community), because of that, it was necessary to add a configuration file, the Anko file

Anko File

  • Localization

The Anko file is a .yaml file written, preferably, at the root of the project you want to observe, but nothing prevents you from saving it wherever you want.

  • Nomenclature

The project was developed to avoid as much as possible that the user has to adapt the project to suit him, however, the file name is the only information that must be kept as a standard.

The configuration file name must always be: anko.yaml

  • Properties


key type description
application Application Base of the anko file


key type description
root_path string Path to the directory to be observed
exec_ath string Path to application entry point
language string Execution language. Check here if your favorite language has already been implemented
watch Watch List of files and extensions to be observed. Initially only update events


key type description
extensions []string List of extensions that must be observed
files []string List of files that must be observed


Below is a simple example of the anko.yaml file


  root_path: "."
  exec_path: "path/to/main.go"
  language: go
      - go
      - env
      - go.mod

Once you have the Anko cli set up, just run the command in the folder containing the anko.yaml file.


The initial output should be:

> Starting Anko! 
> Configuring watcher. 
> Listening for changes... 

Implemented languages and Commands

The implemented languages and commands ​​allow the angel project to be able to execute the most diverse projects independently and performatively.

Throughout the development and with the help of the community, several languages ​​will be implemented and listed below.

Command or languages Anko name Status
GO go example
NodeJs node example

OS compatibility

Throughout the development of the project, with its respective versions and builds, compatibility with the most diverse operating systems is validated to ensure that everything is ok.

As it is a project in its initial phase, not all operating systems are being compatible with it, however, with the help of the community and the commitment of the team involved, we hope to mitigate this problem in an agile manner.

Below are listed in a macro manner the tested operating systems and their respective status

OS Status
Debian compatible
macOS Big Sur compatible
Windows 10 incompatible

To do

  • Add more elaborate commands to the command line
    • Init
    • Test
    • Update
    • Run
  • Create website for project documentation and news
  • Add OS compatibility
    • Windows 10
    • Arch
    • Fedora
  • Improve the implementation of new languages
  • Add languages or commands compatibility
    • Makefile
    • Shellscript
    • Rust
    • Lua
    • Yarn
    • Npm


Guilherme Caruso


Apache 2.0 licensed. See the LICENSE file for details.