Local by Flywheel Alternatives

    Local by Flywheel is described as 'Stop debugging local environments and spend more time launching WordPress sites'. There are nine alternatives to Local by Flywheel for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Wordpress and MySQL Community Edition. The best alternative is XAMPP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Local by Flywheel are Laragon (Free), Lando (Free, Open Source), DesktopServer (Freemium) and InstantWP (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 18, 2021

    1. XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. The XAMPP open source package has been set up to be incredibly easy to install and to use. XAMPP is free even for commercial uses
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    2. A lightweight, fast and convenient modern LAMP Server with Redis and Memcached, extremely high performance. Laragon'll turn your computer into a powerful server in a minute so you can host Wordpress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and Prestashop quickly and effortlessly.
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    3. Lando is a free, open source, cross-platform, local development environment and DevOps tool built on Docker container technology and developed by Tandem.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Wordpress
      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.
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      • 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.

      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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    4. 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.

      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. 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.

    6. Theme Juice is a powerful Mac app that creates local WordPress sites with just a click.
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    7. 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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