Local Beta 5.9.6

Release date: December 16th, 2020

Download Local 5.9.6 (Beta) for macOS

  • SHA1: c997d512adca8c37aa9d53a45153a2c1b5c18a44

Download Local 5.9.6 (Beta) for Windows

  • SHA1 : 9dfafa227708a70cf3489a5e34c6e14b08876d06

Download Local 5.9.6 (Beta) as Linux deb (Ubuntu, Debian, Mint)

  • SHA1 : 0dfcb4b4dc2157bc23ea0e422a5a22db89cb01e2

Download Local 5.9.6 (Beta) as Linux rpm (Fedora, Red Hat Linux, CentOS)

  • SHA1 : 0472432c1d39bee72f8cf2e893f02558a7886226

What’s New in Local 5.9.6

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!


  • Updated Local to use the latest version of Adminer
  • 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 for macOS BigSur users that prevented ‘open site shell’ from working as expected.
  • Addressed bug where Nginx rules prevented sitemap.xml and robots.txt from working with SEO plugins.
  • Tackled a bug that prevented users from selecting multiple sites (shift+select sites).
  • 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.