Acquia Dev Desktop is a free app that lets you:

Run and develop

Run and develop Drupal sites locally

Use Multisite

Take advantage of Drupal multisite to maintain one code base that runs multiple sites using different databases and files.


Optionally host with Acquia Cloud

Add and Test

Add and test other Drupal modules

Work Offline

Work offline or anywhere on your development projects

Dev Desktop’s welcome wizard helps you configure a Drupal website on your Mac or Windows computer using either:

  • Your choice of several popular Drupal distributions

  • Any Drupal distribution you download

  • Your Acquia Cloud sites.

Dev Desktop's Acquia Cloud integration allows you to optionally host any of your local sites using Acquia Cloud or make a local clone of any Acquia Cloud sites you may already have.

Once you connect Dev Desktop to your Acquia Cloud account, you can easily sync any changes made on your local or Acquia Cloud sites, push changes to the cloud and pull them down to your local version.


What's Included:


Dev Desktop app

The heart of Dev Desktop, the app lets you manage your local or cloud-based sites, including Drupal multisite, and optionally synchronize them with Acquia Cloud. App updates are checked automatically.


Apache web server

The world's most popular web server


Percona MySQL database server


The world's most popular database server





Multiple versions of the programming language that powers Drupal





A popular MySQL management and query tool



XMail Server (Windows only)

An email server that allows your site to send email directly (Mac OS X has this functionality built in)

Integrate With Acquia Cloud To:


Publish local sites to Acquia Cloud (Free, Professional, or Enterprise) for the benefits of the world’s most powerful Drupal platform, including scalable cloud hosting, team development, dev, stage, and prod environments, and Git workflow.


Clone any of your Acquia Cloud sites, including any Acquia Cloud environment to work on them offline in Dev Desktop. Clone from any of your Acquia Cloud environments (dev, stage, prod, or custom environments).


Make any code, database, or file changes on Acquia Cloud or on your local machine and synchronize them. Pull or push code, databases, or files between Acquia Cloud and the local site running in Dev Desktop.

Add modules

Add modules to your local file system and 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 to maintain one code base that runs multiple sites using different databases and files.

Get started

Get Acquia Dev Desktop for free and start building great websites today.

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