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Local Beta 5.9.5

Release Date: December 10th, 2020

Download Local 5.9.5 (Beta) for macOS

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Download Local 5.9.5 (Beta) for Windows

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Download Local 5.9.5 (Beta) as Linux deb (Ubuntu, Debian, Mint)

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Download Local 5.9.5 (Beta) as Linux rpm (Fedora, Red Hat Linux, CentOS)

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What’s New in Local 5.9.5

This release makes it easy to update the Lightning Services that Local uses to manage your WordPress sites!

Huh? A Lightning Service is a packaged piece of software along with config templates and TypeScript code to allow it to interface with Local. In fact, Lightning Services use Local’s Add-on API. . Some examples are:

  • PHP 7.4.1, built for Windows, combined with its configuration file (php.ini)

  • MySQL 8 for macOS, with the my.cnf file

These are separate downloads so that you only download software that your dev environment needs. If you’re on a Mac, you don’t need or want the Windows services.

Traditionally, the process of updating these was painful, but at least it didn’t happen often. As Operating Systems change and the Local team adds features or slays bugs - we saw that you needed a way to have the most up-to-date software without working for it!


  • UI improvements to the Local updater window
  • UI improvements to add-on card views in both grid and list views
  • UI improvement to the Details section of the Add-on Overview

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug that caused incorrect site status being displayed after cancelling a site Push to Flywheel.
  • Fixed a bug where Pulling/Pushing to/from WP Engine was not working on macOS 10.13.
  • Fixed issue with Instant Reload not reliably working on Windows since Local 5.8.1. Users can now confidently update to this version and Instant Reload will work on Windows as expected.
  • Addressed the regression for site name target link size being too large.