Acquia Dev Desktop 2

About Acquia Dev Desktop

Acquia Dev Desktop allows you to create Drupal sites locally on your Mac or Windows PC and if needed, publish, develop, and synchronize your local Drupal sites on the Web using Acquia Cloud. Learn what's new in Acquia Dev Desktop.

Acquia Dev Desktop is the fastest way to set up and run Drupal for local development. It's an xAMP stack installer or "DAMP stack" installer, providing a full Drupal-specific stack that includes Apache, MySQL, and PHP on Windows or a Mac.

In just a few clicks, you have a full Drupal website up and running on your computer, using your choice of several popular Drupal distributions, or install any other Drupal distribution you download. With a few more clicks, you can install more sites. You can use these sites to evaluate Drupal, add and test other Drupal components, workflows and functionality — and even get things wrong — without worrying about ruining a live, production website.

Acquia Dev Desktop is integrated with Acquia Cloud. You can export websites created in Acquia Dev Desktop into your Acquia Cloud subscription or make a local clone of your Acquia Cloud websites with a couple of clicks. Then, you can easily sync the local and Acquia Cloud versions of your sites, pushing changes up to the cloud and pulling them down to your local version. Get a free subscription to Acquia Cloud. However, using Acquia Dev Desktop with Acquia Cloud is not required; either can be used without the other.


Acquia Dev Desktop includes the following 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 that powers Drupal.
Drush A command-line shell and scripting interface for Drupal.
phpMyAdmin A popular in-browser database management tool.
Acquia Dev Desktop application In the Acquia Dev Desktop application, you can install and manage local Drupal sites and the Apache and MySQL servers used to host them. You can also host your Drupal sites in Acquia Cloud and synchronize between a local site and its Acquia Cloud version.
XMail Server (Windows only) Allows your locally installed site to send e-mail directly. This is important for password reset, testing, and other functionality. (Mac OS X includes this built-in functionality.)

What's new in Acquia Dev Desktop 2

Here is what's new in Acquia Dev Desktop 2:

  • A new UI puts your sites first, and makes it easy to move from one site to another.
  • The welcome wizard makes it easy to get started building your Drupal site locally, starting with Drupal distributions, any Drupal site on your local machine, or any Drupal site hosted on Acquia Cloud.
  • Install popular Drupal distributions with just a couple of clicks. New versions of these Drupal distributions are available through Acquia Dev Desktop as soon as they are released.
  • You don't need to upgrade Acquia Dev Desktop to access the latest Drupal distributions, and when you do upgrade Acquia Dev Desktop, all your existing local sites are preserved.
  • Take advantage of the optional integration with Acquia Cloud to:
    • Publish local sites to Acquia Cloud for scalable hosting, team development, dev and stage environments, and Git workflow. This even works for Acquia Cloud Free.
    • Clone any of your Acquia Cloud sites to work on them off-line in Dev Desktop. You can clone any site from any of your Acquia Cloud environments (Dev, Stage, or Prod or custom environments if you have any).
    • Make any code, database, or file change on Acquia Cloud or your local machine and then click to synchronize them. You can pull or push your code, database or files between Acquia Cloud and the local site running in Dev Desktop.
    • Add modules to your local file system and then click Push code to add those modules to your Acquia Cloud site without ever learning Git. Drop into Git if desired for more complex operations.
  • Take advantage of Drupal multisite for local or Acquia Cloud sites so you can maintain one codebase that runs multiple sites using different databases and associated files.

Getting started with Acquia Dev Desktop

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