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Local is the world's fastest growing local development application!

Free local WordPress development environment

Build WordPress sites faster than ever before

Local is built for speed and simplicity. We’ve spent years designing Local to make building, testing and deploying WordPress sites a breeze.

Save blueprints

Local’s Blueprints make launching your next site that much quicker. All files, databases, config files, and Local settings will be saved for your next project.

Install SSL without the headaches

Local allows you to test your sites locally with SSL without the hassle. We handle all the technical details so you can get back to development.

Hot-swap environments

Changing environments has never been easier. Hot-swap PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.3, or try out the latest version of MySQL right from Local. It’s that simple!

Go deeper with developer tools

Local is the most delightful local WordPress tool, but it’s also the most powerful. As a developer, Local has everything you need to get more work done.

  • SSH & WP-CLI Simple root SSH access to individual sites
  • Mailcatcher View, test and debug mail sending
  • Log files PHP, NGINX, and MySQL logs available


Get more done with Local Pro

Local Pro introduces MagicSync, deployment to staging, and in-app priority support.

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All of our features

Here are a few (okay, many) of the reasons why Local is the best solution for local WordPress web development!

Site Services
  • Native, OS-level PHP, MYSQL, web server services
Site management
  • Hot-swap between NGINX or Apache*
  • Hot-swap between PHP versions
  • Change site URL by simply typing in the new domain (the database will be safely updated!)
  • Workspaces Teams only
Clone Sites*
  • All files, databases, configs, and Local settings will be cloned
  • Site URL is automatically and safely changed
  • Available versions: 5.6, 7.3 and 7.4
  • Xdebug included: quickly debug PHP (Available from the Add-ons Library)
  • Opcache included
  • Deploy to Flywheel production
  • Deploy to Flywheel staging Pro & Teams only
  • Deploy to WP Engine
HTTP/HTTPS Tunnel (Included Add-on)
  • Tunnel powered by ngrok
  • View your site on mobile devices, tablets, and other computers around the world as long as you have internet access
  • Test Stripe WebHooks, PayPal IPN, and REST APIs
WordPress Multisite
  • Support for both subdomain and subdirectory installations
  • One-click to sync subdomains to hosts file
Site Blueprints
  • Save any site as a Blueprint to re-use later
  • All files, databases, config files, and Local settings will be restored
  • Export includes site files, databases, config files, log files, and Local settings
  • Importing sites will restore all files, databases, and configs automatically
  • Exclude files from your exports such as archives, PSDs, .git directories, etc
Config Access
  • Config files to individual PHP versions, NGINX, Apache*, and MySQL are all exposed for editing
  • Self-signed certificates are automatically created for new sites
  • One-click to trust self-signed certificates to suppress browser notices
Log Access
  • Log files to individual PHP versions, NGINX, Apache*, and MySQL are all conveniently exposed
  • MailHog is included to intercept any outgoing email from PHP sendmail for viewing and debugging (this also means you can test emails while offline)
  • Simple root SSH access to individual sites
  • WP-CLI provided, simply type "wp" after opening site SSH
User management
  • Manage users Teams only
  • Deployment roles Teams only

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