Open Site Shell no longer works in Mac BigSur

Issue Summary

Right-click > Open Site Shell no longer works, whether I have Terminal or iTerm in my Preferences

No errors or anything, just nothing happens.

Troubleshooting Questions

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

  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser? Yes but N/A.


Start a site, right-click, Open Site Shell – I’d expect it to launch Terminal or iTerm, based on Local’s Preferences.

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used? Latest: 5.9.2+5056

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used? Latest: macOS Big Sur 11.0.1

  • Attach the Local Log. local-lightning.log (377.7 KB)

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Thank you for all the details with this! We don’t have a fix yet, but you might take a look at this reply that has a way to more quickly get the script for a specific site:

That’s a valuable thread, but it seems I’m precluded from it since “Open Site Shell” is still required and yet that’s the part not opening/working for me… I’m fine with what I have for now but am hoping for a decently-timely fix in an upcoming release. Appreciate you and the team!

Yeah, it’s a little odd how this bug is, and I get how it’s annoying.

You’ll still need to click “Open Site Shell” at least once for every new site that’s created. This will create the shell script even if it doesn’t open a terminal window.

Once that script has been created, it will stay there, and you should be able to use it reliably, even after restarts.

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Just bumping this thread, came across this a few days ago. Running version 5.9.3+5100.

Check this out


A couple of minor modifications to use Local Beta, but this is fantastic. Thank you.

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@ben.turner I can confirm that v5.9.6 fixes the “Open Site Shell” issue on macOS BigSur, but now “Reveal in Finder” does not work.

Can you please confirm?

I’m glad the “Open Site Shell” is working for you!

The Reveal in Finder bug is a newer one we found and were able to work on a fix. That code didn’t make it into the 5.9.6 release, but it should be released soon!

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Clicking on the > in the path does work

That’s a great thing to point out! To help others visualize:

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A post was split to a new topic: Open Site Shell not working in Lubuntu 20.04

I thought I’d follow up with this thread that the latest version of Local should have the “Open Site Shell” working in BigSur. The specific version that fixed this was 5.9.6

  • Fixed bug for macOS BigSur users that prevented ‘open site shell’ from working as expected.
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