How to Install WordPress Locally (Windows, macOS, Linux)

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Sometimes it can be more convenient to work with WordPress on your local machine. However, if you’re unfamiliar with how to install WordPress locally, you might be wondering whether it’s something you can manage on your own.

The good news is that installing WordPress locally can be done in a few simple steps. Whether you want to test out new features, experiment with development projects, or build a WordPress site before pushing it live, a local WordPress install can help you do that.

In this post, we’ll share how you can install WordPress locally on Windows and Mac, using DesktopServer, XAMPP, WAMP, or MAMP.

Let’s get started!

An Introduction to Installing WordPress Locally

Here at Kinsta, we have a staging environment that allows for easy development and testing. However, installing WordPress locally also has some advantages. For example, perhaps you’re traveling and don’t have access to Wi-Fi. If that’s the case, you may require a local install to continue working.

Additionally, when it comes to manipulating files and local editing, a local install can sometimes be faster. There is usually less setup involved to get it up and running.

When you want to install WordPress locally, you need to get a local AMP stack set up on your machine. In the case of WordPress, AMP stands for Apache, MySQL, PHP. These are the software needed to mimic what a managed WordPress host would be running for you on its web server.

There are a variety of methods you can use to do this. The most common options include WAMP, XAMPP, and MAMP. These are great tools and we’ll walk you through each one.

However, they are designed to work with a variety of other software and tools and can have a bit of a learning curve. Therefore, we’ll start by introducing you to DesktopServer, which was actually designed and optimized specifically for WordPress as a local AMP stack.

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How to Install WordPress Locally With DesktopServer

DesktopServer is a great WordPress product by ServerPress, which can make installing WordPress locally a complete breeze:

The DesktopServer screen

You can launch a new development install in a matter of seconds with the simple click of a button. This tool also fully supports multisite and WP-CLI, and works on both Windows and Mac.

ServerPress has both a free version and a premium version, the latter costing $99.95 per year. The premium version includes a few advanced capabilities, such as:

  • Multisite support
  • Importing and exporting third-party backups
  • Deploying directly to your live site
  • Bypassing any login plugins

You can choose which version fits you best depending on your needs. If you just need to do some quick testing, the free version works well.

Step 1: Download DesktopServer to Your Computer

To install WordPress locally, you will first need

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This article was written by Brian Li and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.

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