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Importing a site - invalid zip

Issue Summary

Importing a site into LocalWP throws an error “try again with compatible zip”

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular?
    Can only try this one.

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


I have a full backup of a wp site (all files + db). Whichever way I tried, I cannot import it into localWP. The help page does not cover how to manually create a zip (I am unable to export it via the proposed methods and wp plugins)

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used?

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used?

  • Attach the Local Log. See this Help Doc for instructions on how to do so:

Is there any special way to format a zip file for it to be accepted for import by localWP ?

thanks !

Hi @robert_f

There could be a few issues at play here. To start, have you tried pulling out just wp-content and sql and bundling those together to import?

Other things that could be causing issues are things like extra site backups, DB backups, backup plugins, etc.

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Thanks very much for your help and sorry for the late reply, I was away without access to the laptop.

I just tried by using only wp-content and renaming the sql file to backup.sql and it works, thanks very much !


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