Flywheel – Local WordPress development made simple

Apr 29, 2017Blog, Webdesign, WordPress

Time to introduce a great product for Local WordPress developmet – Local by Flywheel is available for MAC/Windows systems right now, Linux version also coming in near future. With One click-WordPress Installation development process is super fast and easy. You don’t need to install anything else, it will setup VirtualBox machine with Docker, Apache or NGINX server. Simply amazing experience will let you spend more time launching WordPress sites than debugging local environments. There is many more options so let’s give it a try.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel


  • Speed and simplicity
  • Simple demo URLs
  • SSH / WP-CLI access
  • One-click WordPress installation
  • Hassle-free local SSL support
  • Flexible environment options


Download and run installation file from Flywheel site.

Main panel

Control Panel – you can install new demo sites in seconds, just click + in left bottom corner, enter site name, choose environment, WordPress settings and then click Next.


When you open VirtualBox Manager, there is a new machine local-by-flywheel powered by boot2docker – lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).

Demo site

Click Start All or right click demo site and Start. Demo site is running now, click View Site and it will open new browser window.


WordPress demo site is up and running in browser. You can access WordPress administration, install plugins, themes etc.



When you right click on demo site in Control Panel you can go Open Site SSH. This will open docker terminal.


Git can be installed with this command:

apt-get install git


WP-CLI – Command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, configure multisite installs and much more, without using a web browser.

apt-get install curl
curl -O


Local WordPress development made simple
Stop debugging local environments and spend more time launching WordPress sites.

Get Flywheel


Flywheel | Introducing Local by Flywheel, a free local development app for WordPress
Using ‘Local by FlyWheel’ as a Local Development Workflow for WordPress | WP Beaches
Local by Flywheel: An Excellent Tool for Local WordPress Development | Elegant Themes Blog
Local by Flywheel Review & Guide to Build Local WordPress Environments
Using Local by Flywheel for Local WordPress Development – WPism


Graphic and website designer, currently, I attend to the maintenance of about thirty sites for existing clients as well as creating websites for the new ones. In my free time, I get into the secrets of the world of Linux, SSH, WP-CLI and I’m preparing this blog.

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