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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 Cloud Platform, Acquia Dev Desktop provides the easiest method to publish, develop, and synchronize your local Drupal websites onto the web.


Along with the main application to help you with local Drupal website development, Acquia Dev Desktop includes the following stack components:

Component Description
Apache HTTP Server The world’s most popular web server.
MySQL Database Server Percona Server, an enhanced version of MySQL, the world’s most popular database server with better performance, scalability, tunability, and instrumentation.
PHP The language powering Drupal.
Drush A command-line shell and scripting interface for Drupal.
phpMyAdmin A popular in-browser database management tool.
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).

Installing and using Acquia Dev Desktop

To start using Acquia Dev Desktop, see the following documentation resources:

For more information about updates and resolving issues with Acquia Dev Desktop, see Release notes - Acquia Dev Desktop and Known issues in Acquia Dev Desktop.