Add ability to select any version of WordPress


It’d be nice if there was a feature to select what version of WordPress should be installed. Much like I’m able to choose the PHP version. This would be helpful in setting up specific sites for testing especially.


+1 on this. It’s a need I’ve run into because Flywheel delays updating for a few weeks.

Here’s an example:

I have a site on Flywheel running 4.6.1 that needs some significant edits. I pull it down to Local, and am forced to install 4.7 there. I perform the database updates, and update it the first time I log in on my local server.

Changes are complete, and I think about pushing it back up. But now my local install is at 4.7 and my remote install is at 4.6.1, and I don’t have any way to update it through Flywheel before pushing live.

This has the potential to cause issues particularly in regard to custom post type templates, as the handling of templates has been somewhat changed in 4.7 (and I’ve written a plugin that handles those versions of WordPress separately as a result of that breaking change).

Edge case, but I wanted you so see where I’m coming from.


In my case I need languages. Some installations have to be GB english version, some others US version… sometimes they have to be RU.


Language you can pick in wp-admin, since version 4.5 if i’m not mistaken.

Would love a version picker though, or at least install the latest, instead if 4.6


+1 for a version picker

I’ve created a script that lets you quickly change WordPress versions when ssh-ed in. Not ideal but it gets the job done. This script was originally created for VVV. I’m thinking about making into a dedicated script for the Local app.

Read about it here


+1 for this. I’m hoping to use Local to test my WordPress plugins and investigate support issues, etc. It’s great to be able to swap PHP versions and see how they perform, but I also need the ability to change WP versions.

An edge case I’m sure and there are ways around it, but it would be so much nicer to be able to do it through Local.


First, thanks a lot for that amazing FREE tool !

I was searching for a way to try WP 5.0 BEFORE it’s official release…
To bad that we can’t choose / change the WP version from Local…
(Even if we should have a lot of warnings…)

I hope to see that soon (and be able to definitely bury MAMP)… :slightly_smiling_face: