DevKinsta is in active development, and some fields reflect features and settings that we anticipate implementing in the future. At this time, the following fields can not be changed in DevKinsta.

  • Domain
  • Project Location
  • Web Server Type
  • Multisite

This page addresses some common questions you may have while using DevKinsta.

Why should I use DevKinsta?

DevKinsta makes it easy to develop WordPress sites locally and push the site directly to Kinsta’s servers. You can also download an existing website that is hosted on Kinsta to your local environment.

What operating systems does DevKinsta support? What are the minimum system requirements to run DevKinsta?

DevKinsta is available for the following operating systems:

Windows

Minimum Preferred Note
Disk space 5GB 10GB
Memory 2GB 4GB
Docker Desktop v2.0.0 >=v2.5.0 Installed by DevKinsta

Windows 10 64-bit: Pro, Enterprise, or Education (Build 16299 or later)

  • Hyper-V and Containers Windows features must be enabled.
  • The following hardware prerequisites are required to successfully run Client Hyper-V on Windows 10:
    • 64 bit processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
    • 4GB system RAM
    • BIOS-level hardware virtualization support must be enabled in the BIOS settings.

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 or higher

  • Enable the WSL 2 feature on Windows. For detailed instructions, refer to the Microsoft documentation.
  • The following hardware prerequisites are required to successfully run WSL 2 on Windows 10 Home:
    • 64 bit processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
    • 4GB system RAM
    • BIOS-level hardware virtualization support must be enabled in the BIOS settings.

Mac

Minimum Preferred Note
Disk space 5GB 10GB
Memory 2GB 4GB
Docker Desktop v2.0.0 >=v2.5.0 Installed by DevKinsta
  • Mac hardware must be a 2010 or a newer model, with Intel’s hardware support for memory management unit (MMU) virtualization, including Extended Page Tables (EPT) and Unrestricted Mode. You can check to see if your machine has this support by running the following command in a terminal:
    sysctl kern.hv_support
    If your Mac supports the Hypervisor framework, the command prints kern.hv_support: 1
  • macOS must be version 10.14 or newer. That is, Mojave or Catalina. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of macOS.
  • VirtualBox prior to version 4.3.30 must not be installed.
For detailed instructions, refer to the Docker Desktop documentation.

Where can I download DevKinsta?

Visit the DevKinsta website and head to the downloads section. Click on the download button for the version appropriate for your operating system – Windows or macOS.

How do I install DevKinsta?

See our guide here for instructions on how to install DevKinsta on Windows or macOS.

Where can I ask for help?

Support for DevKinsta is handled on our community forum where you can ask for help or search through existing discussions.

Traditional live chat support is not provided for DevKinsta. However, if you are experiencing an issue with a site that has been uploaded to MyKinsta or an existing site on our platform, please reach out to our support team via MyKinsta for assistance.

Where do I report bugs?

Bug reports are tracked and submitted through our community forum here. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible on the bug report.

Where can I make a feature request?

Feature requests can be made through our community forum. If it is implemented, we will update the thread. While we can’t guarantee when, or if, a feature will be implemented, we take user requests very seriously and use them to prioritize which features we implement next. Thanks for helping us improve the product!

Can I publish or download my live site using DevKinsta?

Yes! DevKinsta supports pushing to Live or Staging environments on Kinsta sites. Learn more on how to import a site and publish a site in our documentation.

Can I use DevKinsta for non-WordPress sites?

DevKinsta at this time only supports WordPress. If you have any requests for other platforms, please submit them as a feature request.

How do I update DevKinsta?

DevKinsta will automatically update. You can configure the auto-updates by going to Settings on DevKinsta. If auto-updates are disabled, you can click on Download & Install from the Settings window.

How do I use the email features within DevKinsta?

We’ve implemented a local email application called MailHog within DevKinsta so you can test if emails are sent within the site. Emails will not be sent externally and will only appear within DevKinsta. More information on how to use MailHog can be found here.

How do I access the database?

You can view the database by accessing Adminer for each site. Adminer is a user interface for manipulating your database. It is very similar to phpMyAdmin but has a reduced footprint and is therefore snappier to work with. More information on how to use Adminer can be found here.

What should I do if I get an error when launching DevKinsta?

When you first launch DevKinsta you may see an error that reads:

DevKinsta can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software.

This is due to strict permissions on macOS and can be resolved easily. Check out the DevKinsta Installation documentation) for more information on how to resolve this error.

If you encounter a different error message please let us know via the DevKinsta Community Forum.

Why can’t I change some fields in the DevKinsta UI?

DevKinsta is in active development, and some fields reflect features and settings that we anticipate implementing in the future. At this time, the following fields can not be changed in DevKinsta.

  • Domain
  • Project Location
  • Web Server Type
  • Multisite

How do I access phpMyAdmin?

DevKinsta uses Adminer instead of phpMyAdmin. Adminer is a lightweight alternative to phpMyAdmin that includes all of the necessary features for local WordPress development. To learn all about Adminer take a look at our Adminer documentation

Can I use third-party database tools like Sequel Pro or TablePlus?

Yes, third-party database management tools are supported. To learn more about how to connect third-party database tools to DevKinsta sites, check out our database tools documentation.