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# Managing your code with other tools¶

As a website developer in Cloud Platform, be default you have access to three hosted environments for your development and deployment: Development, Staging, and Production. You also have access to a fourth, additional environment: the local development environment on your computer. Having a local development environment allows you to obtain quick feedback regarding changes that you make to your website, all before you commit code to the Cloud Platform code repository.

## Using Drush when developing locally¶

When using Drush during website development, use the following argument with Drush commands to direct Drush to use the settings.php in the [docroot]/sites/localhost directory:

-l http://localhost/example


where http://localhost/example is the address of your website.

As an example, the following Drush command downloads the currently recommended version of the Acquia Lift module, while using the localhost version of settings.php:

drush dl acquia_lift -l http://localhost/example


## Developing locally using other tools¶

If you do not want to use the code management workflow tool included with Cloud Platform, you can use the tool of your choice to manage your Cloud Platform code repositories.

To deploy code across environments using the command line:

1. In the command prompt window, enter a command similar to the following:

git clone trunk tags/2011-03-18 git commit -a -m "Created new tag"