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How to use volumes with Local

Symlinks help you map directories outside your Local site into a specific directory within your Local site. Below, we’ll outline how to map a theme into our Local site.

note

Local Lightning doesn’t rely on virtualization, so we’ve deprecated the Volumes add-on which was previously used to map folders with your Local site. Use symlinks instead! They’re significantly faster than volume mounts and more reliable (especially when updating Local).

1

Open source folder

Locate the directory you want to link to your Local site.

2

Open destination

Where should this file be linked to?

In this example, we’ll be linking a theme from a different directory to my /wp-content/themes directory.

3

Open terminal

Type ln -s into your terminal window.

Then, add your source directory.

Then, add your destination directory.

note

On macOS, you can drag folders from Finder into Terminal to insert the directory automatically.