WordPress on your Windows Computer with LocalWP

WordPress on your Windows Computer with LocalWP


LocalWP short for Local WordPress / WordPress localhost is a free custom Windows Apache MySql PHP stack. It is designed so you can start using WordPress on your local Windows computer in a matter of minutes.

All you need to do is download the .zip. Extracted it, start LocalWP and enjoy WordPress! You don’t have to install or configure anything like the database. It is pre-configured and ready to go.

What can you do with LocalWP?

  • Test new themes before using them on a live site.
  • Try out new plugins so you don’t clutter a live site with waste.
  • Maybe you want to practice editing .css or .php files before doing so on your website.
  • To learn about the database with phpMyAdmin
  • To see if WordPress is really for you.
  • And much, much more!

Works on both 32 bit and 64 bit systems.

LocalWP Demo Video: (Updated: Jan 4th, 2017)

How to Install WordPress on Windows in less than 2 minutes

The current release includes:

  • Apache 2.4.25
  • MySQL 5.6.35-community
  • PHP 5.6.30
  • phpMyAdmin 4.4.15
  • WordPress 5.5.1

We will be providing a single 32 bit version that will run on both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows systems. We had been maintaining both 32 and 64 bit versions. This was just way too time-consuming to maintain. A single 32 bit version will be much easier to update and maintain going forward.

It is currently built and compiled with Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 (AKA VC11). You will need Visual C++ 2012 libraries installed on your computer. If you have a newer PC most likely you already have them. If not you can download and installed them directly from Microsoft with the link provided below.

Download is a .zip file with standard/traditional packaging.

Available Downloads:

LocalWP 2.5.4
Release Date: October 26th, 2020
Price: $0 / FREE
Download size: 72.4 MB’s
Download LocalWP (.zip)

System Requirements:
– A PC with Windows Vista or newer. Both 32 bit and 64 bit systems are supported.

Standard Windows Editions Supported:
– Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10

Windows Server Editions Supported:
– Windows Server 2008 Release 2 with Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2012 / Release 2, Windows Server 2016

Additional Basic Requirements:
– A minimum 202 MB’s of free hard drive space for files (Allow additional free space for testing).
– The majority of the space used/required is consumed by Apache, MySql, PHP, and phpMyAdmin.
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 runtime components/libraries to run 32-bit applications developed with Visual C++

If your computer does not have this yet, you can download it directly from Microsoft here:
– Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 (x86)

2.5.4 Release Notes:
Updated / Upgraded:
– WordPress 5.5.1

2.5.3 Release Notes:
Updated / Upgraded:
– WordPress 5.1

2.5.2 Release Notes:
Updated / Upgraded:
– WordPress 4.8.3

2.5.1 Release Notes:
Updated / Upgraded:
– WordPress 4.7.1
– Php to 5.6.30

2.5.0 Release Notes:
Added php extensions:
– APCu
– Opcache

Added support for:
– IonCube Loader
– SourceGuardian

Updated / Upgraded:
– Apache to 2.4.25
– MySql to 5.6.35
– Php to 5.6.29

– Core speed and performance enhancements
– Subtle visual improvements

You can extract LocalWP anywhere on your computer.

You can start it by going to:
Double click to launch (Folder-location)\LocalWP.exe

LocalWP is a portable application, which means it does not rely on any Windows system files. All you need to do is make sure that it’s closed (not running) and delete the folder that you extracted it to.

Using LocalWP:
Once you start up LocalWP you can begin using WordPress right away. There is no database to install, and you don’t need to make any Apache, MySql, or PHP changes. They are all pre-configured and optimized for WordPress.

As soon as it starts up you just click on “WordPress Frontpage” or “WordPress Administration” to start using it.

Shutting LocalWP down:
To shutdown LocalWP simply click on the Shutdown LWP button or (X) it out to close it.

LocalWP is a portable app, which means it will run from any folder/location on your computer. Even an external flash drive.

Main Screen:
The main LocalWP interface where you can goto:
    WordPress Frontpage
    The Administration
    phpMyAdmin (Database Management)
    WordPress Help (From WordPress.org)
    Restart LocalWP
    Shut Down LocalWP
    Open the main WordPress files folder
    Open the WordPress Themes folder
    Open the WordPress Plugins folder
    View PHP Info
    LocalWP Server Settings (Advanced Control)
    Donate (Wink)

Server Settings Screen:
LocalWP Settings
The LocalWP Server Settings:
    Edit the WP wp-config.php file
    Change the WP Administration Password
    Enable / Disable Apache Modules
    Change Apache IP / Port
    Change the Database Engine (MyISAM / InnoDB)
    View / Edit MySQL Ini
    Change the Root MySQL Password
    Enable / Disable PHP Extensions
    Edit the php.ini File
    Restart LocalWP
    Enable / Disable & Configure Sendmail
    Show / Hide WP Admin Pass in LocalWP Panel
    Show / Hide MySQL Pass in LocalWP Control Panel
    Enable / Disable Backup Feature
    More … Options when clicking certain buttons!