Since last 3 years, I have been using MAMP to run WordPress locally on my Mac Laptop. Also, we have recommended MAMP to numerous clients for their local development.
Let me start by saying that I came across Flywheel yesterday by looking at Twitter message by
It’s been only 2 days now playing with Local by Flywheel for my local WordPress development platform and I’m already in love with it.
Let me share steps on how to get started with Local by Flywheel.
- Head over to site https://local.getflywheel.com
- Click on
- Just provide your email ID and Download binary
- Double click on Binary / executable file
- Provide your Mac or Windows admin password during setup process
- That’s it. Flywheel should be installed without any issue
Step-3 Create local WordPress site on laptop
Click on Local by Flywheel
Desktop icon to launch Flywheel application. It will prompt you to enter your
Please note here your
Local site domain and
Local site path. You will need these informations in later steps.
On next screen choose Custom Settings. Make sure you choose 7.x PHP version for faster site loading performance and
5.6 MySQL version as most of the current hosting provider like Bluehost and Hostgator provides those configuration.
In my case I’ve also changed
Web Server to Apache as my live site Crunchify.com is running on Apache server. If you are familiar with
nginx and using it on your live site then don’t make any changes.
Provider username and password. Make sure you don’t change email as of now. You could always change your email later on.
Add Site and you are done. You local site will be up and running within 2 minutes.
Check it out below screenshot. In my case local site address is
You will see nice details about your local site in app now. You will be able to see
- SITE SETUP – provides all details about WordPress version, PHP version, Web Server (Apache), MySQL Version, Site Domain, Local File Path and more.
- DATABASE – provides simple username, password, host, port for your local site.
- SSL – you could enable it by trusting OpenSSL certificate by clicking TRUST button. I haven’t enable SSL on local site yet.
- UTILITIES – MailHOG? Hmm. Even I never played with it. So I didn’t touch it.
Step-7 How to import your live site to localhost site?
As I use VaultPress as my primary backup, I have downloaded latest copy of site backup including wp-content folder, DB backup, plugins, themes and all.
You need to first
Prepare Backup and then you will see
Download link option.
Once you download VaultPress backup, just extract it locally and replace flywheel’s wp-content folder with VaultPress’s wp-content folder. By this step, you are making sure that you have copied all images, themes, plugins and other folders from live site to local site.
In my case, flywheel’s wp-content folder path is
~/Local Sites/crunchify/app/public/wp-content. You can find your local flywheel path in above
Step-8 Import Database Table
NOTE: Before you import live database to localDB, you need to change all links from
- Go back to Flywheel Application
- Go to
- Click on
- You will see local WordPress DB in newly opened Browser Window
Import link and provide your updated
.sql file and click on Execute button.
That’s it. You have now successfully imported complete live site to local site. Just go to
http://crunchify.dev/wp-admin (change domain to your domain) and provide live user’s ID and Password to login.
So far I simply liked Flywheel and in the future I’ll recommend FlyWheel to all of my clients. You are just a message away if you have any problem running WordPress site locally using Local by Flywheel.
NOTE: We are using DevKinsta since 2021 and it’s been amazing.