Installing Dev Desktop

To install Acquia Dev Desktop, complete the following steps:

  1. Download Acquia Dev Desktop from the Acquia Downloads page. Select the Mac or Windows version of Acquia Dev Desktop, depending on the operating system of your local computer.

    For information about supported operating system versions, see the documentation page relating to this topic.

  2. Based on the file that you downloaded and your operating system, run the installer using the appropriate instructions:
    • Mac - Double-click the installation .dmg file to mount it, and then open the Acquia Dev Desktop Installer. Depending on your security settings and OS version, you might need to enter your administrative password or accept other security warnings to continue with the product installation.
    • Windows - Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the file, and then run the Acquia Dev Desktop installation file.
  3. Select Yes to accept the license agreement. Acquia Dev Desktop optionally tracks diagnostic and usage data. If you want to opt out of sending data to Acquia, clear the related check box. For information about what information is sent if you enable this, see Reporting diagnostic and usage information.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Windows-only: If you want your website to be able to send email, select XMail server on the Select components page, and then click Next. The XMail server is a full-featured email server, and it allows websites hosted in Acquia Dev Desktop to send email.
  6. On the Choose install locations page, select the folder in which to install Acquia Dev Desktop, as well as the folder for the files associated with your websites, and then click Next. Avoid using spaces in the Acquia Dev Desktop website's folder name.
  7. On the Port settings page, you can define alternate ports to access the Apache web server and MySQL database server if the standard ports conflict with other applications on your web server. In most cases, you can just accept the default settings. After you verify the port settings, click Next.
  8. On the Ready to install page, click Next to complete the installation.

After the installation completes, you can start Acquia Dev Desktop by selecting the Launch check box, and then clicking Finish.

See Dev Desktop folders and files for information about the folders and files that are created in your local file system when you install Acquia Dev Desktop and add one or more Drupal websites.

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What if you've already installed another xAMP stack or part of it?

Acquia Dev Desktop installs separate copies of the xAMP stack onto your computer, both to ensure that you have the versions of the software required for Drupal, and to ensure that you do not affect the settings of the applications you've already installed on your computer.

Installing from the command line

As an alternative, for quick, unattended installations (which do not prompt the user for any install options such as the installation path), you can use the command line installer.

What's next?

Read Getting started with Acquia Dev Desktop.

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