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Acquia Dev Desktop

Acquia Dev Desktop provides the quickest way to configure and run Drupal for local development on your Mac or Windows PC. Acquia Dev Desktop is an xAMP stack (or DAMP stack) installer, providing a full Drupal-specific stack that includes Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Also, because of its integration with Acquia Cloud, Acquia Dev Desktop provides the easiest method to publish, develop, and synchronize your local Drupal websites onto the web.


The current version of Acquia Dev Desktop includes the following components:

Component Description Version
Apache HTTP Server The world’s most popular web server 2.4.29
MySQL Database Server Percona Server, an enhanced version of MySQL, the world’s most popular database server with better performance, scalability, tunability, and instrumentation 5.6.41 (macOS), 5.6.40 (Windows)
PHP The language powering Drupal macOS – 7.0.32, 7.1.25, 7.2.13
Windows – 7.0.32, 7.1.25, 7.2.13
Drush A command-line shell and scripting interface for Drupal 8.1.17
phpMyAdmin A popular in-browser database management tool 4.4.14
Acquia Dev Desktop Application files  
XMail Server (Windows only) Allows your locally installed website to send emails directly, which is important for password reset, testing, and other features (macOS includes this built-in feature)  

Getting started with Acquia Dev Desktop

To start using Acquia Dev Desktop, read how to:

For more information, see the Acquia Dev Desktop enhancements and bug fixes on the Acquia Dev Desktop release notes page. Also see Known issues in Acquia Dev Desktop.