Alternatives to Acquia Dev Desktop for all platforms with any license



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  • XAMPP icon


    XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. The XAMPP open source package has...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Apache HTTP Server icon

    Apache HTTP Server

    Apache, is a web server notable for playing a key role in the initial growth of the World Wide Web and in 2009 became the first web...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • WampServer icon


    WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database....

    Open Source Windows

  • MAMP icon


    MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your computer.

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • AMPPS icon


    AMPPS is an easy to install software stack of Apache, Mysql, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer that can be used on...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • WTServer icon


    Portable Nginx MariaDB Redis Php development stack for Windows, with local virtual servers, composer and adminer, previously known as...

    Free Windows

  • SecureWAMP icon


    With SecureWAMP you can set up a complete and safe WAMP-System in a few minutes, which you can administrate completely via a GUI. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • FoxServ

    FoxServ is an Apache / mySQL / PHP installer package for Windows and Linux. Unlike NuShpere or PHPTriad, FoxServ features the latest...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • PHP Triad

    An installer of Apache, MySQL and PHP for Windows.

    Open Source Windows

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    Portable Webserver

    It's a portable server manager that you can go anywhere, anytime, in any computer and run your webapp. Quick and easy to...

    Free Windows Self-Hosted

  • Denwer icon

    Denwer Discontinued

    Denwer is a collection of often-used web-servers for web-programmers. It is used to debug web-sites under Win32. Denwer includes:...

    Free Personal Windows Self-Hosted

  • Kalabox icon


    Faster local development for Drupal, WordPress, and beyond. Kalabox is the easiest way to develop websites and get them live. Get rid...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS) icon

    LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS)

    LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS) is a high-performance Apache drop-in replacement. LSWS is the 4th most popular web server on the internet...

    Commercial Linux

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    Create a personal web server with simplicity, reliability, and ease using VBServer.

    Free Windows

  • Neard icon


    Neard is an Integrated Web Development Tools environment combining : Major binaries Apache2 PHP MySQL MariaDB...

    Free Windows

  • Apache2Triad icon

    Apache2Triad Discontinued

    Server bundle of : Apache2 , MySQL , PostgreSQL , OpenSSL , Xmail , SlimFTPd Software developing triad of : PHP , Perl and Python +...

    Open Source Windows

Acquia Dev Desktop Comments


Comment by escoles
about Acquia Dev Desktop and MAMP, XAMPP Sep 2012

Not really for general use, but great if you are building sites in a specific major-version of Drupal. (On a Mac, I think it should be possible to run two different major-version stacks, but I haven't tried it.) Really simplifies the setup and configuration, but again, not an alternative for general dev purposes. (You could tweak/hack it to host other systems, but by then you've have been better off using a general-purpose *AMP stack.)

For my part, I run this and MAMP on my mac and this and XAMPP on Windows.