Ddev Drupal

This will create a.ddev directory with basic Drupal configuration. It will also create settings.php and settings.ddev.php` files inside web/sites/default. Finally, it creates a Drush directory. Keep in mind, Drupal is not in place yet, this simply sets the environment for it. Now start DDEV to create the containers.

What the craftsmen use for their workshops is the local development environment for our development team. And we want it to be nice and simple and cosy. After all, we have enough other things to think and puzzle about.

From MAMP/LAMP and Docker to DDEV

In the past, each of our developers had an own MAMP/LAMP setup on his machine. This was easy to set up, worked rather uncomplicated and was also fast. However, over time, more and more problems arose. Among other things, some projects required newer php versions or special server settings that were difficult to reproduce on the local computers. In addition, it became more and more difficult to switch quickly between projects, because you always had to adjust the local configuration of your system.

Now you should be able to run DDEV, and explore its uses! About Drupal 4 Gov. Drupal 4 gov is an open source community for developers and IT professionals with an interest in making the government more open to open source. This blog was based on Greg’s Drupal 4 Gov presentation. The OIT Drupal development and engineering team recommends using the open source tool ddev ('dee-dev'), a flexible and powerful tool that utilizes Docker (a containerization/virtualization platform). This guide provides a starting point for setting up your site locally with an existing installation of ddev on your macOS, Linux, or Windows device.

For this reason we switched to a Docker-based setup for local development. This made it quite easy for us to reproduce the specifics of the servers on which the websites we were responsible for were located. This way we were better protected against unpleasant surprises after deployments - after all, the local development environment was now almost identical to the live server.

Over time, however, disadvantages of our docker setup became more apparent. It was still quite complicated to set up a new project (you had to copy various files to the right places, overwrite settings, ...). There was also a big weakness compared to the old MAMP/LAMP setup: It was not possible to run multiple projects locally at the same time; at least not without manually overwriting some settings. This finally made us rethink our setup and look for better alternatives. This is how we finally came up with DDEV.

What is DDEV?

DDEV-Local - so the complete name - is an open source based tool for software development. It builds up a local web server with the corresponding software packages, through which code can be easily built, tested and deployed. DDEV is based on Docker, but simplifies the work for the development team enormously and offers additional extensions.

Everything for a simple working environment

With DDEV, the initial setup is easy and done in no time. With only three commands in the command line (git clone, composer install, ddev start) a project is now usually set up locally. Two arguments in particular have convinced us to switch to DDEV:

  1. Setting up a local project is wonderfully simple and fast.
  2. We can easily run multiple instances in parallel in the local environment.

As a Drupal agency we work with various customer sites and not every developer has always set up all projects on his machine. With DDEV we now have a significant time saving especially with the changing sprints and security updates. The actual killer feature for us, however, is the parallel operation. During the weekly update evenings we install the latest updates in all our (SLA) customer projects. If every project were to be processed sequentially, our team would hardly be able to manage the updates in one single evening. Thanks to DDEV, we can now easily work on these projects in parallel and don't have to start complex workarounds with Docker. This saves us an enormous amount of time and hopefully long night shifts in the future.

There are other pre-built things for DDEV that simplify the work. For example the command ddev share, which makes the local instance of the page available via a public URL. This is a great way to test local sites on other devices (like the smartphone, tablet).

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At https://github.com/drud/ddev-contrib there are a lot of useful examples and templates to extend DDEV. So you can easily add Solr or Varnish to your project setup to be as close as possible to the production environment.

Our summary

DDEV is already simplifying our daily work enormously now that we are using it in the first projects. The development teams can use Docker functions quickly and easily. And another plus: DDEV is not limited to Drupal. So we can recommend it to anyone who works with php projects and also wants to set up different CMS locally.

  • CEO

Stefan maintains several Drupal contributed modules, has been working on Drupal core since the early days, and is author of Drupal 8 Configuration Management (Packt Publishing).

DDEV is an open source tool that makes it dead simple to get local PHP development environments up and running within minutes. It's powerful and flexible as a result of its per-project environment configurations, which can be extended, version controlled, and shared. In short, DDEV aims to allow development teams to use Docker in their workflow without the complexities of bespoke configuration.

System Requirements¶

  • Docker version 18.06 or higher. Linux users make sure you upgrade docker-compose and do the post-install steps
  • docker-compose 1.21.0 and higher (bundled with Docker in Docker Desktop for Mac and Docker Desktop for Windows)
  • OS Support
    * macOS Mojave and higher (macOS 10.14 and higher; it should run anywhere Docker Desktop for Mac runs (Current Docker Desktop has deprecated macOS 10.13 High Sierra, but Docker Desktop versions prior to can still work with DDEV-Local on High Sierra.)
    * Linux: Most Linux distributions which can run Docker-ce are fine. This includes at least Ubuntu 16.04+, Debian Jessie+, Fedora 25+. Make sure to follow the docker-ce post-install steps
    * Windows 10 (all editions) with WSL2 (version 1903.1049, 1909.1049, 2004 or later)
    * (Non-WSL2) Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise with Docker Desktop for Windows
  • Architecture Support
    * AMD64 is supported on Windows 10 (with either traditional Windows or WSL2), macOS, and Linux.
    * ARM64 machines are currently supported on Linux and in WSL2 in Windows ARM64 computers.
    * Apple Silicon M1 (ARM64) is supported in v1.17-alpha1+ (edge versions).

Using DDEV alongside other development environments¶

DDEV by default uses ports 80 and 443 on your system when projects are running. If you are using another local development environment you can either stop the other environment or configure DDEV to use different ports. See troubleshooting for more detailed problem solving.


When upgrading, please run ddev poweroff and check the release notes for actions you might need to take on each project.

Docker Installation¶

Docker and docker-compose are required before anything will work with DDEV. This is pretty easy on most environments; see the docker_installation page to help sort out the details, especially on Windows and Linux.

Homebrew - macOS/Linux¶

For macOS (both amd64 and arm64) and Linux users, we recommend installing and upgrading via Homebrew (macOS) or Homebrew on Linux (Linux):

If you would like more frequent 'edge' releases then use brew install drud/ddev-edge/ddev instead.)

As a one-time initialization, run mkcert -install. Linux users may have to take additional actions as discussed below in 'Linux mkcert -install additional instructions'.

Later, to upgrade to a newer version of DDEV-Local, run:

Installation or Upgrade - Windows (WSL2)¶

This is the recommended installation method for all Windows users that are on Windows 10 1903.1049, 1909.1049, 2004 or higher If you don't have this version yet, or if you don't want to use WSL2, please follow the legacy instructions for Windows below.

All Windows 10 editions (including Windows 10 Home) support WSL2. Docker Toolbox support for DDEV has been removed. If you're already familiar with DDEV on Windows, you might have been using NFS for better filesystem performance. You won't need NFS anymore once you switch to WSL2, since it provides awesome filesystem performance out of the box.

The WSL2 install process involves:

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  • Installing Chocolatey package manager (optional).
  • One time initialization of mkcert.
  • Installing WSL2, setting version 2 as the default version, and installing a distro like Ubuntu.
  • Installing or upgrading to the latest Docker Desktop for Windows with WSL2 enabled.
  • Installing DDEV inside your distro.

We'll walk through these in more detail. You may prefer other techniques of installation or may not need some steps, but this is the full recipe:

  1. If you have previously installed Docker Toolbox, please completely uninstall Docker Toolbox.
  2. Chocolatey: We recommend using Chocolatey for Chocolatey installing required Windows apps like mkcert. In an administrative PowerShell, Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))
  3. In an administrative PowerShell: choco install -y mkcert
  4. In administrative PowerShell, run mkcert -install and answer the prompt allowing the installation of the Certificate Authority.
  5. In administrative PowerShell, run the command setx CAROOT '$(mkcert -CAROOT)'; If ($Env:WSLENV -notlike '*CAROOT/up:*') { setx WSLENV 'CAROOT/up:$Env:WSLENV' }. This will set WSL2 to use the Certificate Authority installed on the Windows side.
  6. Install WSL2. In an administrative PowerShell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName $('VirtualMachinePlatform', 'Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux') (Your computer will reboot.) (See detailed documentation.)
  7. Download and install the WSL2 kernel from WSL2 kernel upgrade page.
  8. Set the default WSL version to 2: wsl --set-default-version 2 You may be prompted to upgrade the WSL2 kernel.
  9. Install a WSL2 distro from the Microsoft Store. We recommend Ubuntu. (You do not have to log in to the Microsoft Store, just 'X' out the dialog box requesting that.)
  10. Docker Desktop for Windows: If you already have the latest Docker Desktop, configure it in the General Settings to use the WSL2-based engine. Otherwise install the latest Docker Desktop for Windows and select the WSL2-based engine (not legacy Hyper-V) when installing. Install via Chocolatey with choco install docker-desktop or it can be downloaded from download.docker.com. Start Docker. It may prompt you to log out and log in again, or reboot.
  11. Go to Docker Desktop settings > Resources > WSL integration > enable integration for your distro (now docker commands will be available from within your WSL2 distro).
  12. Double-check in PowerShell: wsl -l -v should show three distros, and your Ubuntu should be the default. All three should be WSL version 2.
  13. Double-check in Ubuntu (or your distro): echo $CAROOT should show something like /mnt/c/Users/<you>/AppData/Local/mkcert
  14. Check that docker is working inside Ubuntu (or your distro): docker ps
  15. Optional: If you prefer to use the Windows ddev instead of working inside WSL2, install it with choco install -y ddev. The Windows ddev works fine with the WSL2-based Docker engine.
  16. Open the WSL2 terminal, for example Ubuntu from the Windows start menu.
  17. Install Homebrew: /bin/bash -c '$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)' (See https://brew.sh/.)
  18. Add brew to your path as prompted, for example, echo 'eval $(/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/bin/brew shellenv)' >> ~/.profile && source ~/.profile
  19. brew install gcc && brew install drud/ddev/ddev
  20. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y xdg-utils to install the xdg-utils package that allows ddev launch to work.

That's it! You have now installed DDEV on WSL2. If you're using WSL2 for ddev (recommended), remember to run all ddev commands inside the WSL2 distro.

Make sure you put your projects in the Linux filesystem (e.g. /home/), not in the Windows filesystem (/mnt/c), because you'll get vastly superior performance on the Linux filesystem.

Note that nfs-mount-enabled (and running NFS) are not required on WSL2 because it's perhaps faster without NFS.

Installation or Upgrade - Windows (legacy)¶

  • If you use chocolatey (recommended), then you can just choco install ddev git from an administrative shell. Upgrades are just ddev poweroff && choco upgrade ddev.
  • A windows installer is provided in each ddev release (ddev_windows_installer.<version>.exe). Run that and it will do the full installation for you. Open a new git-bash or PowerShell or cmd window and start using ddev.
  • Most people interact with ddev on Windows using git-bash, part of the Windows git suite. Although ddev does work with cmd and PowerShell, it's more at home in bash. You can install it with chocolatey using choco install -y git.

Installation/Upgrade Script - Linux and macOS (ARM/ARM64 and AMD64 architectures)¶

Windows WSL2, Linux and macOS users can use this line of code to your terminal to download, verify, and install (or upgrade) ddev using our install script. Note that this works with both amd64 and arm64 architectures, including Surface Pro X with WSL2 and 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS. It also works with the new macOS Apple Silicon M1 machines.

The installation script can also take a version argument in order to install a specific version or a prerelease version. For example,

Later, to upgrade DDEV to the latest version, just run ddev poweroff and run the script again.

Manual Installation or Upgrade - Linux and macOS¶

You can also easily perform the installation or upgrade manually if preferred. DDEV is just a single executable, no special installation is actually required, so for all operating systems, the installation is just copying DDEV into place where it's in the system path.

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  • ddev poweroff if upgrading
  • Download and extract the latest ddev release for your architecture.
  • Move ddev to /usr/local/bin: mv ddev /usr/local/bin/ (may require sudo), or another directory in your $PATH as preferred.
  • Run ddev to test your installation. You should see DDEV's command usage output.
  • As a one-time initialization, run mkcert -install, which may require your sudo password. Linux users may have to take additional actions as discussed below in 'Linux mkcert -install additional instructions. If you don't have mkcert installed, you can install it from https://github.com/FiloSottile/mkcert/releases. Download the version for the correct architecture and sudo mv <downloaded_file> /usr/local/bin/mkcert && sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/mkcert.

Installation via package managers - Linux¶

The preferred Linux package manager is Homebrew : brew install drud/ddev/ddev

We also currently maintain a package on Arch Linux (AUR)

As a one-time initialization, run mkcert -install, which may require your sudo password. See below for additional information.

Linux mkcert -install additional instructions¶

The mkcert -install step on Linux may provide you with additional instructions.

On variants of Linux you may be prompted for additional package installation to get certutil installed, but you can follow the instructions given by mkcert:

$ mkcert -install
Created a new local CA at '/home/username/.local/share/mkcert' 
Installing to the system store is not yet supported on this Linux  but Firefox and/or Chrome/Chromium will still work.
You can also manually install the root certificate at '/home/username/.local/share/mkcert/rootCA.pem'.
Warning: 'certutil' is not available, so the CA can't be automatically installed in Firefox and/or Chrome/Chromium! ⚠️
Install 'certutil' with 'apt install libnss3-tools' or 'yum install nss-tools' and re-run 'mkcert -install' 

(Note the prompt Installing to the system store is not yet supported on this Linux, which can be a simple result of not having /usr/sbin in the path so that /usr/sbin/update-ca-certificates can be found.)

Windows and Firefox mkcert -install additional instructions¶

The mkcert -install step on Windows does not work for the Firefox browser.
You need to add the created root certificate authority to the security
configuration by your self:

  • Run mkcert -install (you can use the shortcut from the start menu for that)
  • Run mkcert -CAROOT to see the local folder used for the newly created root
    certificate authority
  • Open the Firefox Preferences
  • Enter certificates into the search box on the top
  • Click View Certificates...
  • Select the tab Authorities
  • Click to Import...
  • Go to the folder where your root certificate authority was stored
  • Select the file rootCA.pem
  • Click to Open

You should now see your CA under mkcert development CA.


For instructions to uninstall DDEV-Local see Uninstallation.

Support and User-Contributed Documentation¶

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We love to hear from our users and help them be successful with DDEV. Support options include:

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  • DDEV Stack Overflow for support and frequently asked questions. We respond quite quickly here and the results provide quite a library of user-curated solutions.
  • DDEV issue queue for bugs and feature requests
  • The gitter drud/ddev channel (it's easy to log in many different ways)
  • The #ddev channels in Drupal Slack, TYPO3 Slack for interactive, immediate community support.
  • ddev-contrib repo provides a number of vetted user-contributed recipes for extending and using DDEV. Your contributions are welcome.
  • awesome-ddev repo has loads of external resources, blog posts, recipes, screencasts, and the like. Your contributions are welcome.
  • Twitter with tag #ddev will get to us, but it's not as good for interactive support, but we'll answer anywhere.