Developer Documentation

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Local Server

Note: Local Server is a Docker-based environment. If you experience any issues running it consult the Local Chassis documentation for an alternative local environment.

The Local Server module providers a local development environment for Altis projects. It is built on a containerized architecture using Docker images and Docker Compose to provide drop-in replacements for most components of the Cloud infrastructure.


Local Server uses Docker for containerization, therefore you must install the Docker runtime on your computer as a prerequisite. Download and install Docker for your OS at

Once Docker is installed and running, you are ready to start the Local Server. Local Server uses the command line via the composer command.

Navigate your shell to your project's directory. You should already have installed Altis by running composer install or composer create-project but if not, do so now. See Creating A New Altis Project

Starting the Local Server

To start the Local Server, run composer server. The first time you run this it will download all the necessary Docker images.

Once the initial download and install has completed, you should see the output:

Installed database.
WP Username:	admin
WP Password:	password
Startup completed.
To access your site visit:

Visiting your site's URL should now work. Visit /wp-admin/ and login with the username admin and password password to get started!

If the server does not start for any reason take a look at the troubleshooting guide

The subdomain used for the project can be configured via the setting:

	"extra": {
		"altis": {
			"modules": {
				"local-server": {
					"name": "my-project"

Available Commands

  • composer server start [--xdebug] - Starts the containers.
    • If the --xdebug option is passed the PHP container will have XDebug enabled. To switch off XDebug run this command again without the --xdebug option.
  • composer server stop - Stops the containers.
  • composer server restart - Restart the containers.
  • composer server destroy - Stops and destroys all containers.
  • composer server status - Displays the status of all containers.
  • composer server logs <service> - Tail the logs from a given service, defaults to php, available options are nginx, php, db, redis, cavalcade, tachyon, s3 and elasticsearch.
  • composer server shell - Logs in to the PHP container.
  • composer server cli -- <command> - Runs a WP CLI command, you should omit the 'wp' for example composer server cli -- info
  • composer server exec -- <command> - Runs any command on the PHP container.
  • composer server db - Logs into MySQL on the DB container.
    • composer server db info - Print MySQL connection details.
    • composer server db sequel - Opens a connection to the database in Sequel Pro.
  • composer server import-uploads - Syncs files from content/uploads to the s3 container.