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Run Multiple Make Targets Concurrently

serhatteker profile image Serhat Teker Originally published at tech.serhatteker.com on ・2 min read

make is a widely used and powerful tool for running common tasks in a project.

I often look at the Makefile of a project in order to see how a project perform regular tasks such as running tests, compiling and starting db, etc.

Use Case 1

I want to run 2 local servers at the same time. I can run them on separate terminal windows but I don't want to do that. I'm a lazy developer and want to use one line solution.

For instance I want to run a python backend server and javascript front end server for live reload — if there is any change in static assets like js, css, scss etc..

# Makefile

django-server: ## Run the Django server
  python manage.py runserver 8000

npm-server: ## Run npm server to live reload
    npm run dev
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You can run them concurrently like below:

$ make -j 2 npm-server django-server
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Or you can use a target for it as well:

# Makefile

servers:
    make -j 2 npm-server django-server

django-server: ## Run the Django server
  python manage.py runserver 8000

npm-server: ## Run npm server to live reload
    npm run dev
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Then run make servers.

Use Case 2

I want to run a local server and open a browser related to it. I don't want to manually click my browser and type localhost:$PORT.

Solution:

# Makefile

local-dev: django-server browser

django-server: ## Run the Django server
  python manage.py runserver 8000

browser:
    google-chrome --new-window http://localhost:8000
    # or if you use firefox
    # firefox --new-window localhost:8000
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Then type make local-dev.

All done.

Discussion (1)

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rdurkacz

I think you could achieve the same result just using the shell, as follows-
python manage.py runserver 8000 &
google-chrome --new-window localhost:8000 &

or more economically-
nohup python manage.py runserver 8000 &
nohup google-chrome --new-window localhost:8000 &

because you could then close the terminal

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