Provides a simple, local development environment with a friendly GUI. Uses Docker under the hood, similar to Vagrant but less tech experience needed.
- - Local by Flywheel is the most popular Windows, Mac & Linux alternative to InstantWP.
- - Local by Flywheel is the most popular free alternative to InstantWP.
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.
WordPress Portable FeaturesDiscontinued
The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.5, can be still downloaded from the Box link on the official website
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.
- - Laravel Valet is the most popular Open Source alternative to InstantWP.
Laravel Valet Features
Theme Juice is a powerful Mac app that creates local WordPress sites with just a click.
- - Theme Juice is the most popular commercial alternative to InstantWP.
Pressmatic is a robust local WordPress manager for Mac. All sites are isolated in individual Docker containers.Discontinued
Pressmatic is now Local by Flywheel , it was acquired.