Store instance configuration files inside the WordPress instance folder

Issue Summary

Local stores WordPress instance settings in a “Users” folder on Windows 10 and not in the instance folder that LOCAL created for that instance of WordPress.

Troubleshooting Questions

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

All sites

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



  1. Install Local to any folder on your computer
  2. “Create a new site”
  3. Select any folder to store that site.
  4. Uninstall Local or Restore Windows 10 from a backup made by Acronis True Image or another piece of software, or even just reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.
  5. Install Local.
  6. Find that none of the previous instances that you created with LOCAL, actually exist within the manager, nor can they be found, restored, or added by the software.
    6.1 These installations still exist on the physical hard drive.
    6.2 The only way to restore these instances is from a backup archive created specifically by you from within the LOCAL control panel.

This means that in the event of a system failure or even a need to reinstall the software, all your instances are lost, as far as LOCAL is concerned.


Provide the option of having ALL files that LOCAL needs to manage a WordPress instance stored in the same folder as that WordPress instance itself.

Provide the option of importing WordPress instances directly from the same folder as the live site instance originally created by LOCAL or from whatever folder that instance was moved to.

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

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.

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