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Local by Flywheel FAQ

Do you have to be a Flywheel customer to use Local?

Not at all! While Local will likely work, look, and feel best if you’re using it with Flywheel, it is a standalone local development application. Enjoy! :)


How do I get my site from Local to Flywheel?

Make sure you’re running the latest version of Local.  Once you’re up and running, navigate to the Connect to Flywheel tab to sign up (or log in!) to Flywheel.


How do I get Local if I’m already a Pressmatic user?

If you’re already a Pressmatic user, you’ll need to delete the Pressmatic app from your Mac. Then, download and install Local. You’ll then have the new version of the software and be ready for future updates. This will not affect any of your current WordPress sites in development!


What are the minimum requirements to run Local by Flywheel?

The minimum requirements on a Mac are:

  • OS X 10.9
  • 1 GB of free disk space

And on Windows:

  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB Disk Space
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10
  • CPU with VT-x or AMD-v support

That’s it!


Where do I find the version of Local I’m running?

Mac Users

  1. Open Local by Flywheel
  2. Click on “Local by Flywheel in the upper-left corner of your Mac window
  3. Select “About Local”
  4. Here you will find which version of Local you’re running

Example of finding Local by Flywheel version on Mac

Windows Users

  1. Open Local by Flywheel
  2. Click on the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner of the application
  3. Click on “About Local”
  4. Here you will find which version of Local you’re running

Example of finding Local by Flywheel version on Windows


Does Local work with non-WordPress sites?

Yes! You can also save your non-WordPress setups as Blueprints to reuse them.

To use Local with non-WordPress setups, create a new site like normal and then delete all WordPress files. You can also delete any WP related tables in the database, but make sure the database connection stays the same.


(Windows) I’m getting a BIOS error about VT-X/AMD-v during installation

Local by Flywheel makes use of virtualization to manage WordPress sites; your computer must have this feature enabled in order for Local to work.

Every computer is slightly different regarding how to fix this error. Take a look at this topic within the community forums for more details as well as specific instructions for certain machines.


Microsoft Edge browser can’t connect to Local sites

If you are having trouble accessing your sites created in Local and are using Microsoft’s Edge, try accessing the site from a different browser to see if that fixes things.

Another option is to use the “live links” feature to view the site using the Edge Browser.

There is an ongoing bug with the Microsoft Edge browser which prevents it from connecting to certain VirtualBox machines.


Are there any Addons available for Local?

Yes! You can browse the addons category in the Local community forums.


Have another question?

Visit our community forums for Local by Flywheel at local.getflywheel.com/community. Chances are we’ve answered your question already!

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