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DesktopServer Alternatives

DesktopServer is described as 'Choose fictional domain names to personalize each of your projects and create dozens of virtual servers in seconds. WordPress designers and developers seldom work on a single project' and is a IDE in the development category. There are nine alternatives to DesktopServer for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and MySQL Community Edition. The best alternative is WampServer, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DesktopServer are Local by Flywheel, InstantWP, WordPress Portable and Laravel Valet.

DesktopServer alternatives are mainly Web Servers but may also be IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of DesktopServer.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Wordpress

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  1. WampServer icon

    WampServer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.

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  2. Local by Flywheel icon

    Local by Flywheel

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Stop debugging local environments and spend more time launching WordPress sites.

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  3. InstantWP icon

    InstantWP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • MySQL Community Edition
    • Apache HTTP Server
    • PHP
    • Wordpress

    InstantWP is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It will turn almost any Windows or macOS machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.

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    Discontinued

    No release since 2018. The developer doesn't seem to answer bug reports and issues on GitHub anymore, and the used port (10080) is now blocked by default on modern browsers (see https://github.com/webtoolsgroup/InstantWP/issues/103).

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    WordPress Portable

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    WordPress Portable is a free program for Windows that automatically ships with everything needed to run WordPress locally. All you need to do is to extract the package contents on your system after download and start the WordPress Portable executable afterwards.

    ⚫︎ PortableWordPress Portable can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.5, can be still downloaded from the Box link on the official website

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  5. Laravel Valet icon

    Laravel Valet

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Laravel

    Valet is a Laravel development environment for Mac minimalists. No Vagrant, no hosts file. You can even share your sites publicly using local tunnels. Yeah, we like it too.

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    Pressmatic

    • Mac

    Pressmatic is a robust local WordPress manager for Mac. All sites are isolated in individual Docker containers.

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    Discontinued

    Pressmatic is now Local by Flywheel icon Local by Flywheel , it was acquired.

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  7. VertrigoServ WAMP icon

    VertrigoServ WAMP

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    VertrigoServ is a complete free WAMP server allowing PHP development for Windows. It installs Apache 2.4, PHP, MySQL and PhpMyAdmin, both installing and setting up the environment.

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  8. Zend Server

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Zend Server is the #1 professional PHP stack. It is the most complete PHP distribution with a continuously updated set of advanced value-add features designed to optimize productivity, performance, scalability and reliability.

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    Theme Juice

    • Mac

    Theme Juice is a powerful Mac app that creates local WordPress sites with just a click.

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