Copying (cloning) an existing site in Acquia Dev Desktop


End of Support notice! Acquia has stopped support for Dev Desktop on June 30, 2021. Acquia recommends that you transition to Acquia Cloud IDE for a managed development environment on Cloud Platform. For more information, see Migrating from Dev Desktop to Cloud IDE.

Acquia also provides limited integration with open source alternatives to Cloud IDE for local development. For more information, see Local development solutions.

It’s easy to make a copy of one of your existing websites in Acquia Dev Desktop. To do so, complete the following steps:

  1. In the main Acquia Dev Desktop interface, click the website you want to copy.

  2. Click More, and then click Clone local codebase.

  3. Click OK.

Changes to settings.php

When you make a local copy of a Cloud Platform website, Acquia Dev Desktop modifies the website’s settings.php file to point to a folder containing Acquia Dev Desktop-specific settings files. The modification ensures your local website connects to your local database, while your Cloud Platform website continues to connect to the Cloud Platform database.

Be sure to include the modification when you push your local code to Cloud Platform. Acquia Dev Desktop needs the modification to run, but it has no effect on either Cloud Platform websites or other developers using those websites.