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Sharing the same codebase using Drupal multisite

Acquia Dev Desktop supports Drupal multisite, where several individual websites share code (Drupal core, modules, and themes), but each website has its own database and so they do not share content, configuration, settings, or displayed themes. For more information, see Multisite - Sharing the same code base on

To create a new Drupal multisite, complete the following steps:

  1. Select an existing website in the left panel. This website’s codebase will be used to create a new Drupal multisite that contains a new site name, database, and files.

  2. Click the More button, and then click New Drupal multisite.

    Create a new Drupal multisite

  3. In the Create new multisite dialog box, enter values for the following fields:

    • Local site name - Enter a name for your local website. The local website URL will be based on this name, so it can only use characters valid for a URL.
    • Database list - Specify how to set up the database for your Drupal website. If you’re starting from scratch, select Create a new database. For information about other options, see Importing a database.
    • New database name - Enter a name for the database you want to create. (This field is visible only if you click the Create a new database item in the Database list.
  4. Click OK.

Working with a Drupal multisite

After you create a Drupal multisite, Acquia Dev Desktop displays a Multisite selector in the right panel.

Multisite selector

Use this selector to choose which website within your Drupal multisite you want to work with. Note that when you change websites within the Drupal multisite, the local website URL and the name of the local database change, but the local code URL does not change. In a Drupal multisite, all the websites share the same codebase.

Working with multisites on Acquia Cloud

You can create a Drupal multisite locally with Acquia Dev Desktop and then host it on Acquia Cloud, just like a single website installation. If you already have a multisite hosted on Acquia Cloud, you can clone it locally, creating local copy of one website’s database and files to start and then adding the others.

After you have a Drupal multisite with both local and Acquia Cloud versions, you can sync them just like you do with a single website installation.