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, Mac, and Ubuntu/Linux using DevKinsta, 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.

How to Install WordPress Locally with DevKinsta

DevKinsta is Kinsta’s very own local development tool for WordPress. DevKinsta lets you create local WordPress sites with a single click, and it ships with advanced database and email management tools, and full integration with MyKinsta.

Best of all, DevKinsta is completely free!

DevKinsta is a free suite of local development tools to build, test, and deploy WordPress sites

Before we dive into how to install DevKinsta, here are a few key features:

  • One-click WordPress site creation with multisite and WP-CLI support.
  • A modern stack powered by Nginx, MySQL, and the latest versions of PHP.
  • MyKinsta integration – import Kinsta-hosted sites, and push changes to Kinsta.
  • Database management with Adminer.
  • SMTP server and email capture tool for inspecting outgoing emails.

DevKinsta is available as a free download for macOS, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu).

Let’s walk through how to get DevKinsta set up on your computer.

Step 2: How to Download and Install DevKinsta

To get started, download the latest version of DevKinsta here.

  • To install DevKinsta on macOS, open the DMG file, and drag the DevKinsta app into your “Applications” folder. Double click on DevKinsta in your “Applications” folder.
  • To install DevKinsta on Windows, double click on the DevKinsta executable and step through the installation wizard.
  • To install DevKinsta on Ubuntu, download the .deb package and install it. This can be done on the command-line, or with your preferred package installer.

When you start DevKinsta for the first time, Docker Desktop will be installed as a dependency. DevKinsta uses Docker Desktop for creating containerized WordPress environments.

During the DevKinsta installation process, you may see a popup message that says, “Docker Desktop needs privileged access.” If you see that message, click “Okay” and provide the password for your user account so Docker Desktop can be installed correctly.

After you provide the password for installation, DevKinsta will install Docker Desktop along with some Docker images. The installation can take some time depending on the speed of your Internet connection, so feel free to step away from the computer for a while.

How to Create a Local WordPress Site with DevKinsta

DevKinsta supports three methods for creating local WordPress sites.

  1. New WordPress Site lets you create a local site with the default hosting stack consisting of Nginx, MySQL, PHP 7.4, and the latest version of WordPress.
  2. Import from Kinsta lets you clone a site hosted on Kinsta to your local computer with just a few clicks. After you’re finished with your work, you can even push changes back to a Kinsta staging environment!
  3. Custom Site lets you create a local site with a customized hosting stack. This option allows you to choose your PHP version of choice, specify your database name, and enable WordPress multisite.
DevKinsta has three methods for creating local WordPress sites.
DevKinsta has three methods for creating local WordPress sites.

Let’s take a look at each site creation method more closely.

New WordPress Site

To get started, select the “New WordPress Site” option. For this site creation method, all you have to do is specify a site name, WordPress admin username, and WordPress admin password. After you’ve filled in these three fields, click “Create Site”.

Create a new WordPress site in DevKinsta.
Create a new WordPress site in DevKinsta.

Import from Kinsta

The second option is to import a site environment that’s already hosted on Kinsta. To do this, click “Import from Kinsta” and provide your MyKinsta login details.

After logging in, select the Kinsta environment you’d like to clone to your local computer. DevKinsta supports both live and staging environments on Kinsta, so be sure to choose the correct one.

After clicking on an environment, specify whether the site is a multisite installation and click “Import Site” to start cloning your site.

Clone your live site with the “Import from Kinsta” feature.
Clone your live site with the “Import from Kinsta” feature.

Custom Site

The third and last option, “Custom Site”, lets you configure specific settings for your local WordPress installation.

Here are the settings you can tweak with this site creation method:

  • Site Name
  • PHP Version (PHP 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0)
  • Database Name
  • Enable HTTPS
  • WordPress Site Title
  • WordPress Admin Email
  • WordPress Admin Username
  • WordPress Admin Password
  • WordPress Multisite Mode
Customize a local WordPress installation with DevKinsta.
Customize a local WordPress installation with DevKinsta.

After configuring your desired settings, click “Create Site” to start the site creation process.

Navigating DevKinsta’s “Site Info” Screen

After creating a site, you’ll see the “Site Info” screen. Each site created in DevKinsta has its own “Site Info” page, and you can think of this screen as the mission control dashboard for a local WordPress site.

On this screen, you can find useful information like site identity details, PHP version, WordPress version, SSL mode, database credentials, site host name.

The “Site Info” screen also has convenient buttons for opening your local site in a web browser, pushing a site to a Kinsta staging environment, launching Adminer for database management, and accessing the WordPress admin dashboard of your local WordPress install.

Let’s walk through the key aspects of each section of the “Site Info” screen.

The “Site Info” screen in DevKinsta.
The “Site Info” screen in DevKinsta.

The top of the “Site Info” screen has general information about your WordPress site. For developers, the “Site Path” and “Site Host” are especially useful. The “Site Path” refers to the location of the WordPress install on the local filesystem, and you can click on the folder icon to go straight to the folder and start editing themes, plugins, and more. The “Site Host” is a custom .local domain name (e.g. https://kinstalife.local) that you can use to access a local WordPress site in a web browser.

The “SSL and HTTPS” section contains an HTTPS toggle, which automatically generates an SSL certificate for your local WordPress site, and allows you to access the site over HTTPS.

The “Database” section displays the database settings for your local WordPress site. This information if you want to access your WordPress database via the MySQL command line tool or a third-party database management tool.

Lastly, the “WordPress” section displays your WordPress Core version, multisite mode status, and there’s even a toggle for enabling WP_DEBUG mode to troubleshoot your WordPress site.

Managing Multiple Sites in DevKinsta

For agencies and developers working on multiple projects at once, DevKinsta lets you deploy and manage multiple local WordPress sites! Every local WordPress site managed by DevKinsta runs in its own containerized environment. This means every site has its own customizable PHP version, WordPress version, email inbox, and more.

To view your DevKinsta site list, click on the site’s icon in the left-hand sidebar.

Deploy multiple WordPress local environments with DevKinsta.
Deploy multiple WordPress local environments with DevKinsta.

On this screen, you can see a list of all your local WordPress sites. To add another site, just click the “Add Site” button.

Manage multiple local WordPress sites with DevKinsta.
Manage multiple local WordPress sites with DevKinsta.

MyKinsta Integration in DevKinsta

For users with WordPress sites hosted on Kinsta, DevKinsta makes it easy to push changes online to a Kinsta staging environment. To push a local site to Kinsta, just click the “Push to Staging” button on your “Site Info” page.

Push your local WordPress site to a Kinsta staging environment.
Push your local WordPress site to a Kinsta staging environment.

If necessary, you will be prompted to enter your MyKinsta credentials.

You will then need to select a target site to push to. Keep in mind that this process will overwrite the contents of the current staging environment if one exists.

Choose a staging environment to push changes to.
Choose a staging environment to push changes to.

Finally, click “Push to Staging” to confirm the action.

Confirm the “Push to Staging” action.
Confirm the “Push to Staging” action.

After pushing your local WordPress site to Kinsta, you can then view the site via the staging environment URL. If necessary, you can then push staging to live in MyKinsta.

How to Use Adminer to Manage Your Database

DevKinsta ships with a lightweight database management tool called Adminer. Like phpMyAdmin which we use for sites hosted on Kinsta, Adminer provides you with a web interface to edit database tables, run database queries, import and export backups, and more.

To launch Adminer, click the “Database Manager” button at the top of the “Site Info” page. Adminer will then open in your default web browser.

Click “Database Manager” to access Adminer in DevKinsta.
Click “Database Manager” to access Adminer in DevKinsta.

After launching Adminer, you’ll see your WordPress database’s tables. The screenshot below shows the database of our “kinstalife” test site. Under the “Table” column, you can see the default WordPress tables like wp_comments, wp_posts, etc.

WordPress database in Adminer.
WordPress database in Adminer.

To edit a database entry, click on the desired table. For example, if we want to edit the home and ite URL of our WordPress site, we can click on the wp_options table.

Click “Select Data” to edit your WordPress database tables.
Click “Select Data” to edit your WordPress database tables.

On this page, we can edit the option_value for siteurl to update the site URL of our WordPress site, and the same can be done for the home URL as well.

Edit a WordPress database “option_value” with Adminer.
Edit a WordPress database “option_value” with Adminer.

Adminer also supports database import and export as well. This is useful for working with database backup files like the ones we include with downloadable backups.

To import a database file, click “Import” in the upper left corner of Adminer. Click on “Choose Files” to select a database backup, and click “Execute” to start the import process. Adminer supports both raw .sql files as well compressed .sql.gz files.

Import a database backup with Adminer.
Import a database backup with Adminer.

To export a complete database backup, click “Export” in the upper left corner of Adminer. Select “gzip” for the output format, “SQL” for the database format, and leave the other settings as is. Click “Export” to start the backup process.

Adminer will then export your WordPress database to a compressed .sql.gz file.

Export a database backup from Adminer.
Export a database backup from Adminer.

Finally, Adminer supports SQL command execution, which means you can run database queries on your WordPress database. For example, if you’re trying to find the amount of autoloaded data in your database, you can run a SQL command below in Adminer.

SELECT SUM(LENGTH(option_value)) as autoload_size FROM wp_options WHERE autoload='yes';

To run a database query, click “SQL Command” in the upper left corner of Adminer. Specify a database query, and click “Execute” to run the command.

Query your database with a SQL command in Adminer.
Query your database with a SQL command in Adminer.

With DevKinsta’s Adminer integration, you have advanced control over your WordPress database.

Whether you need to edit database tables, import or export backups, or run complex SQL commands, DevKinsta has got you covered!

How to Inspect Outgoing Email From WordPress

DevKinsta includes a built-in SMTP server and email capture tool. This allows your local WordPress sites to send outgoing emails like a live production site. However, sent emails will be captured and stored in DevKinsta’s email inbox.

This gives you the best of both worlds – you can use DevKinsta to test outgoing email functionality for marketing automation workflows, WooCommerce order confirmations, and more without spamming the email inboxes of your visitors and customers.

To access DevKinsta’s email inbox, click on the mail icon in the left-hand sidebar.

DevKinsta includes a built-in SMTP server and email capture tool.
DevKinsta includes a built-in SMTP server and email capture tool.

In the email inbox, you’ll see a list of outgoing emails that were captured. In the screenshot below, you can see an outgoing email from our “kinstalife” test site.

An outgoing email in DevKinsta’s email inbox.
An outgoing email in DevKinsta’s email inbox.

To inspect an outgoing email, just click on it. For each email, DevKinsta lets you inspect the “from address”, “to address”, body content, time of delivery, and more.

DevKinsta email inbox display modes.
DevKinsta email inbox display modes.

You can also choose to display the email in HTML, Plain Text, or Raw mode. The HTML mode is useful for testing out HTML email templates, while the Raw mode lets you inspect email headers like MIME-Version and X-Mailer directly.

To learn more about DevKinsta, be sure to join the official community forum and read the DevKinsta documentation.

How to Install WordPress Locally on Windows Using WAMP

If you want to install WordPress locally on a Windows computer, you can also do so with WampServer, also known as WAMP. WAMP is a software that bundles Apache web server, PHP, and MySQL specifically for Windows devices. Let’s take a look at how to use it to install WordPress locally.

Step 1: Download and Install WAMP on Your Computer

The first step is to download and install the WAMP software to your computer. You can do this by visiting the WampServer website and selecting Start Using WampServer:

wampserver website
The WampServer website

This will automatically bring you to the downloads section of the site, where you will have two versions to choose from: WampServer 32 bit and WampServer 64 bit. Select the one that is recommended for your operating system.

If you’re unsure whether your OS is 32 bit or 64 bit, you can discover this information by navigating to Settings > About:

device specifications
The device specifications page on Windows

Under the Device specifications section, you will be able to find out your OS type.

Step 2: Run the Wampserver.exe File to Start the Installation

After you download the software, click on the wampserver.exe file to run the installer. This may take a minute or two.

Also, make note of where this file downloaded to, as you’ll need to revisit it later:

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The Wamp setup window

You’ll be prompted with a series of instructions on the screen to complete the installation process.

During this process, you’ll be asked to define a web browser. You can always change this option to a browser you prefer by navigating to the Program Files of your computer.

Step 3: Create a New MySQL Database

The next step is to set up a blank MySQL database. After you launch WAMP, there will be a green icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

Click on the icon, followed by phpMyAdmin. This will automatically bring you to the login screen in your browser:

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The phpMyAdmin login page

In the username field, input “root”, leave the password field empty and then select the Go button. Next, click on Databases:

phpmyadmin databases
The Databases page of phpMyAdmin

Under the Create Databases section, you will need to name your new database. Next, click on Create. That’s it. You now have your database set up.

Step 4: Install WordPress and Extract the Files

Once you’re done creating your database, the next step is to install WordPress locally. To do this, visit and click on Get WordPress, followed by Download WordPress:

Download WordPress
The download page on

This will download a .zip file to your computer. The next step is to extract the files. Click on the folder, and select Extract All.

When that’s done, right-click on the folder and select Copy. Navigate back to the folder on your computer where you downloaded WAMP and paste the “wordpress” folder into that directory.

At this point, you can also rename the “wordpress” folder if you wish. The name of the folder will be the URL for your local WordPress install. For this tutorial, we’ll rename ours to “mytestsite”.

Step 5: Visit Your Local WordPress Site in Your Web Browser

Open your web browser and type into the search bar “http://localhost/mytestsite/”. Of course, replace “mytestsite” with whatever you named your “wordpress” folder.

The software will then present a series of prompts for you to set up your WordPress installation. You’ll select a language and review the database information (the same series of steps we discussed in the previous section). When you’re done, click on Let’s go!:

wordpress setup
The database details page of a new WordPress installation

On the next screen, you’ll enter your database information. The name will be what you called your database, the username is “root”, and you can leave the password field empty.

Next, click on the Run the installation button. Then you can name your site and create a username and password. When you’re finished, select Install WordPress. When the software is done installing, it will show you a Success! message.

After that, you can click on Log In. This will bring you to the admin login page for your WordPress site.

That’s it! You now have a local testing environment installed.

How to Install WordPress Locally on Mac Using MAMP

If you’re looking for local server software to use for a Mac computer, you might consider MAMP. MAMP is short for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. It’s incredibly user-friendly and easy to use.

Step 1: Download and Install MAMP on Your Computer

As with the two previous sections, the first step is to download and install MAMP on your computer. You can do this from the official MAMP website:

The MAMP download screen
The MAMP download screen

Note that while you can download and use MAMP for free, there are also premium plans available.

Step 2: Launch MAMP and Start Your Servers

Once it’s done downloading, click on the mamp.pkg file. An installation window will pop up. Select the Continue button to follow the series of prompts:

mamp installation window
The MAMP installation window

Next, navigate to Go > Applications on your computer and click on the MAMP folder:

The MAMP application folder
The MAMP application folder

Inside that folder, click on the MAMP elephant icon:

applications mamp icon
The MAMP application icon

This will open a new window. Hit Start Servers:

The MAMP start servers option
The MAMP start servers option

Once the Apache and MySQL servers launch, MAMP will automatically open the WebStart page in your browser.

Step 3: Create Your Database and Update Your User Information

Now it’s time to create a new database. On the WebStart page, select Tools > phpMyAdmin:

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Opening phpMyAdmin via the MAMP WebStart page

Once phpMyAdmin opens, click on the Databases tab. Name your database, and then select Create:

mamp create database
Creating a new database for your local MAMP site

Next, you’ll need to update the MySQL database user credentials for the default account MAMP creates for you, as you’ll need them to complete the WordPress installation process. Navigate back to the phpMyAdmin home screen, and click on the User Accounts tab.

Then, click on Edit privileges for the account with the username mamp:

database edit privileges
Editing the default MAMP phpMyAdmin user account

Select the Change password tab, enter your preferred password, and hit Go:

database change password
Changing the default MAMP phpMyAdmin account password

You can then close phpMyAdmin.

Step 4: Install WordPress and Visit Your Site from Localhost

Now, visit the website and download the latest version of WordPress. Then unzip the ‘wordpress’ folder once it’s finished downloading. Right-click on the folder and select Copy.

Navigate back to Go > Applications > MAMP on your computer, and open the htdocs folder:

mamp htdocs
The htdocs folder in the MAMP application

Inside that folder, paste your WordPress folder that you just copied. We suggest renaming it to “mytestsite” or something similar:

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Renaming the MAMP local WordPress installation

Then, browse to “http://localhost/8888/mytestsite” in a new tab. It will prompt you to input your database credentials, as well as name your site:

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Completing the WordPress installation wizard

Once you complete the WordPress installation prompts, you’re all done! If you need more instructions on this step, you can refer to the previous section in this post.

You can read our guide here about how you can fix the “This Site Can’t Provide a Secure Connection” error when using MAMP.

How to Install WordPress Locally Using XAMPP

XAMPP is another popular PHP development environment you can use to install WordPress locally. You can use it for Windows, macOS, or Linux. Here, we’ll walk you through how to do it for Windows, although the process is largely the same for Mac users.

Step 1: Download and Install XAMPP on Your Computer

Visit the Apache Friends website, and next to the green Download button, select XAMPP for Windows (or whichever OS you’re using):

The Apache Friends website
The Apache Friends website

The software will automatically download to your computer. When it’s finished, click on the .exe file to launch the installer.

Note that for macOS, this will be a .dmg file. Once you open it, click on the XAMPP icon and drag it to your Applications folder.

Step 2: Choose the Components You Want to Install

After running the installer, you’ll be asked to choose the components to install. The most important ones to select are Apache, MySQL, PHP, and phpMyAdmin:

xampp setup components
The XAMPP set up components screen

You can uncheck the other components, as they are not necessary. When you’re done, click on the Next button and select which folder you want to install XAMPP on.

Click on the Next button again, ignore the Bitnami prompt, and select Next once again.

Step 3: Launch the XAMPP Control Panel and Test Your Server

On the final screen, choose to launch the XAMPP Control Panel. In the XAMPP Control Panel that opens, you can click the Start buttons next to both Apache and MySQL:

xampp control panel
The XAMPP Control Panel

After you launch them, the status should turn to green. Now it’s time to test your server. You can do this by entering “http://localhost/” into your web browser. If it works, you have successfully added XAMPP to your computer.

Step 4: Download WordPress and Create a Database

The next step is to install WordPress on your computer. You can do this by going to and clicking on Get WordPress.

When the package is finished downloading, extract the files, and then copy the folder. Next, navigate to the XAMPP folder on your computer, and locate and open the htdocs folder.

Next, create a new folder within the htdocs folder. You can name it something along the lines of “mytestsite”. Within that folder, paste the WordPress files.

Now it’s time to create your database.

Navigate back to your XAMPP control panel and select Admin next to MySQL. This will launch phpMyAdmin.

Click on Databases, then name your database and select Create (you can refer to previous sections if you need more guidance).

You can name your database whatever you want. However, we suggest keeping it simple and memorable, such as “test_db”.

Step 5: Install WordPress Locally By Visiting Your Site in Your Browser

To complete the process, you can visit “http://localhost/mytestsite” in your browser. Remember to replace “mytestsite” with whatever you named your WordPress folder.

You’ll be prompted to select a language, name your site, and fill in your database details. Then you can log into your WordPress site and start using your local environment!

How to Install WordPress Locally With DesktopServer

DesktopServer was a great WordPress product by ServerPress, which made installing WordPress locally a complete breeze:

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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 had both a free version and a premium version, the latter costing $99.95 per year. The premium version included 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 were able to choose which version fits you best depending on your needs. If you just needed to do some quick testing, the free version worked well.

Step 1: Download DesktopServer to Your Computer

To install WordPress locally, you will first need to already have a copy of DesktopServer installed on your machine.

There was both a Windows version and a Mac version. For this example, we will be using the Windows version.

Step 2: Launch the DesktopServer Installer

Once the file is done downloading, the next step is to launch the DesktopServer installer. Before you do that, unzip the file you just downloaded. This may take a few minutes to complete.

Once that’s finished, click on Install DSL:

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The DesktopServer Installer application

When you first launch the program, you will be prompted to restart with administrator privileges. Select Continue. You’ll then be prompted to accept the terms of services, and choose an option for your installation:

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The DesktopServer Installation window

Leave New Desktop Installation selected, then click on Continue. The installation process will begin, which can take a bit of time.

When it’s finished, it will present a popup letting you know that it’s complete. It also tells you where in your computer directory you can find the application. When you’re done, click on Finish.

Step 3: Enable Plugins and Start Apache and MySQL Services

Once the installation is complete, you can enable a multitude of different developer plugins:

enable developer plugins
The DesktopServer developer plugins screen

Here’s a quick rundown of the developer plugins you can use when you install WordPress locally. We highly recommend the bypass login and DS-CLI plugins.

  • Airplane mode: Control loading of external files when developing locally.
  • Bypass login: Allows developer bypass of login credentials, via quick selection of any of the first 100 usernames in a combobox.
  • Clean Import: Resets .htaccess, clears cache from third-party hosts
  • Debug and Trace: Forces WP_DEBUG = true, and enables cross-platform/language trace statements in PHP and JavaScript.
  • Dreamweaver Support: Enables automatic Dreamweaver project file creation, and a WYSIWYG mode when working on template files and style.css.
  • DS-CLI: This is an enhanced, cross-platform, command-line interface for professional developers. It lets you easily use CLI, Composer, Git, and PHPUnit. NodeJS and NPM are included to allow installation of GRUNT, Gulp, and other Node dependencies.
  • DS-Deploy: Used to move a site from a local DesktopServer install to a live server.
  • InnoDB Autoconvert: Convert a site’s tables to InnoDB on Create, Copy, Move, and Import operations.
  • Local Admin Color Bar: Changes the Admin bar color.
  • Mailbox Viewer: Provides quick developer offline viewing of mail delivery services.

Keep in mind that some of these options are only available with the premium version. When you’re done, select Next. You’ll then be asked if you want to start web and database services, so hit Next again.

Step 4: Create a New Development Site

When you’re done enabling plugins and starting the web and database services, the next prompt will be to select Create a new development website:

create development website
The option to create a new development website in DesktopServer

This is where the program will install WordPress for you. You’ll have to pick your site’s name, which will also be its local address. We are calling ours “testsite”, so our development URL will be “” on our local machine:

desktopserver test site
The screen to create a site name in DesktopServer

DesktopServer enables you to actually create different blueprints, making it almost like a pre-built template. In our case, however, we simply want a fresh install.

DesktopServer always has the latest version of WordPress as the default blueprint. This means you don’t have to worry about manually downloading it from the repository and unzipping it.

By default, the site’s root is located in your My Documents folder. If you’re happy with this, you can leave it as is. However, for ease of organization, we changed ours to a folder we created in the root of our C: drive called “wordpress”.

When you are ready, click on Create. You’ll then see the URL of your local WordPress install. Click on that to finish up the installation.

Step 5: Install and Configure Your WordPress Site

When you click on the link we just mentioned, your local WordPress site will open in a browser tab:

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A new WordPress installation setup page

After you choose your language, the next step is to give your site a title and choose a username (if you plan to make the site live later, don’t use “admin” as a username, which you can read more about in our WordPress security guide), a strong password, and your email address:

new wordpress welcome
The welcome page of a new WordPress site

When you’re done, select Install WordPress. That’s it! You just installed WordPress locally and your site is up and running. You can now browse to your local install and test away.

In our case, we’ll go to “” in our browser’s address bar. Since we selected the bypass login plugin feature during setup, there is a dropdown menu where we can select our admin and be automatically logged in. Obviously you won’t use this on a production site, but it’s super handy for a dev environment.

Additional Tips for Using DesktopServer to Install WordPress Locally

Because of how Windows handles its file permissions, you may or may not see a message upon logging in about WordPress failing to update:

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A WordPress update failed message

To fix, this simply open up the command prompt as an administrator and run the following command within your WordPress directory folder:

attrib -s *.*
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LAMP permissions for WordPress

To create additional WordPress sites or edit them, simply launch the DesktopServer.exe file again. You can stop and restart services, create new sites, edit them, export and import them, etc. To access phpMyAdmin, you can click on the Sites button on the bottom left:

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The ‘Sites’ button in the DesktopServer application

Alternatively, you can enter “localhost” into your browser’s address bar. This will bring up the administrator interface on the localhost:

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The administrator interface of the DesktopServer localhost

There, you can get the links to all of your WordPress sites, as well as dashboard links and phpMyAdmin links.

Another awesome feature is the ability to launch WP-CLI (or DS-CLI) with a single click. If you selected the DS-CLI option during the setup process above, there will be a link for it within your dashboard. Simply click on it, and you can start firing up WP-CLI commands.

DesktopServer also includes an export feature, which allows you to export your WordPress site directly to a live site or .zip file. Note that you will need the premium version for this.


By setting up a WordPress local environment, you can test new features and develop your WordPress sites fully before taking them live. In fact, there are a variety of methods you can use to install WordPress locally on your computer.

In this article, we explained how you can do this on both Mac and Windows via a local server environment software such as DevKinsta, DesktopServer, WAMP, MAMP, or XAMPP. Although the specific instructions vary depending on which tool you use, the process can be summarized in five main steps:

  1. Download and install local environment software to your computer.
  2. Open the .exe/.dmg file and run the installer.
  3. Create a blank MySQL database.
  4. Download the latest version of WordPress.
  5. Visit your test site in your browser to complete the localhost setup process.
Brian Li

Brian has been a WordPress user for over 10 years, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the community. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing the piano and exploring Tokyo with his camera. Connect with Brian on his website at