All websites disappeared from Local UI

Issue Summary

All sites disappeared from Local UI. Managed to reload the site I was working on but it has deleted everything I have done in the last 6 days.

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular?

All sites have gone

  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser?

Imported zip folder as files still in local folder


Unable to replicate

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used?


  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used?
    • For example: macOS Catalina or Windows 10 Professional

Windows 11 Home

Security Reminder

Local does a pretty good job of scrubbing private info from the logs and the errors it produces, however there’s always the possibility that something private can come through. Because these are public forums, always review the screenshots you are sharing to make sure there isn’t private info like passwords being displayed.

Anyone able to reply?

Hi @steve1! Did your machine go through any kind of update? Did you change any file pathing? Are you able to search your directories and locate any of the site files manually?

For future projects you may want to set up Cloud Backups to help ensure your work is saved: Cloud Backups - Local

No changes bar the Local update which was a few days before. Was working as it should one day, turned it on the next and it went back to the version from 6 days ago.

All files and directories found in the local folder along with 3 other sites that were on there.

Backups were enabled but for some reason it didn’t save

This is what comes up on my screen now when I view the website

Can you share your Local Log? Retrieving Local’s Log File

local-lightning.log (183.4 KB)

Looking in the log the last error I see is Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, stat 'C:\\Users\\steve\\Local Sites\\wwwchigwellparishcouncilgovuk\\app\\sql\

Could you save a zip of the site, and then try uninstalling and reinstalling Local? It seems like something has become disconnected here. Then try importing your site back in.

Will give that a go and report back

just brings up the site which was saved 6 days beforehand, 6 days of lost work now to catch up on.

If the site wasn’t backed up and you’re not able to locate any other files, then it may be that it was lost. Are you able to access the site now however?

Are you set up to use Cloud Backups? Cloud Backups - Local

I have re set it up today for the backups. Lesson learnt unfortunately but no idea how it disconnected all the sites that were on there

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