Starting with an Acquia Cloud site

If you already have a Drupal website that’s hosted on Acquia Cloud, you can import it into Acquia Dev Desktop so you can develop it locally, then sync your changes back to Acquia Cloud.

Importing from Acquia Cloud

To import a website from Acquia Cloud, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the + button, and then click Add Acquia Cloud sites. If you are starting from the Welcome window shown in Getting started, you will skip this step.

  2. Enter the email address and password that you use to sign in to your Acquia Cloud subscription, and then click Log in.

    Acquia Dev Desktop displays all of the websites you can access on Acquia Cloud.

    Select a website

  3. Select the Acquia Cloud website name and environment, and then click Clone this site locally and use it in Dev Desktop.

    The Clone Acquia Cloud Site Locally dialog appears.

    Cloning a local site copy

  4. Accept or modify the following values:

    • Local site name
    • Use PHP
    • New database name
  5. Optionally, clear the Clone Cloud database check box, the Clone Cloud files check box, or both check boxes. If your Acquia Cloud website has a very large database or has many files, it can take a long time to copy the website into your local Acquia Dev Desktop website. By clearing these check boxes, you can avoid this delay if you don’t need local copies of the database or files.

  6. Optionally, select the Sanitize database check box to scrub the database of user emails and passwords. This is a best practice for security, so that your local website never includes real user emails and passwords. For more information, see Sanitizing the database on import.

  7. Click OK.

  8. If you have not already done so, enter the location of your Private key file, and then click OK.

    Enter private key location

    Communication with your Acquia Cloud server is protected with a private key. For more information, see Acquia Cloud credentials.

Acquia Dev Desktop then checks your local computer for the location of your version control system (Git).

Important Windows note

Windows does not support using the colon character (:) in file paths. Also, Git on Windows does not support paths longer than 260 characters. If the website you are importing either uses any colons in a file or directory name or has any paths longer than 260 characters in the code repository or file storage, the import will fail with a message similar to Git Error: Invalid path for filesystem.

Acquia Dev Desktop then imports the website from Acquia Cloud into Acquia Dev Desktop. You can now work with the website either locally, in Acquia Dev Desktop, or on the cloud in Acquia Cloud. Read Working with your sites and Working with sites on Acquia Cloud for more information.

Site after import

Note

One instance of Acquia Dev Desktop can connect to just one Acquia Cloud account. If you need to work with more than one Acquia Cloud account, you can install a second instance of Acquia Dev Desktop using a different installation folder, a different Apache web server port, and a different MySQL database server port.

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