ddev Documentation

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 17.05 or higher
  • docker-compose 1.10.0 and higher (bundled with Docker in Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows)
  • OS Support
  • macOS Sierra and higher (macOS 10.12 and higher but it probably runs anywhere docker runs)
  • Linux (See Linux notes): Most recent Linux distributions which can run Docker are fine. This includes at least Ubuntu 14.04+, Debian Jessie+, Fedora 25+
  • Windows 10 Pro

We are open to expanding this list to include additional OSs as well as improve our existing support for the ones listed above. Please let us know if you hit an issue!

Using ddev with 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 problemsolving.


Homebrew - macOS

For macOS users, we recommend downloading, installing, and upgrading via homebrew:

brew tap drud/ddev && brew install ddev

Later, to upgrade to a newer version of ddev, run:

brew upgrade ddev

Installation/Upgrade Script - Linux and macOS

Linux and macOS end-users can use this line of code to your terminal to download, verify, and install (or upgrade) ddev using our install script:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/drud/ddev/master/install_ddev.sh | bash

Later, to upgrade ddev to the latest version, just run this 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.

  • 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.

Manual Installation or Upgrade - Windows

  • Download and extract the latest ddev release for Windows.
  • Copy ddev.exe into %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps, or otherwise add ddev.exe to a folder defined in your PATH
  • Run ddev from a Command Prompt or PowerShell to test your installation. You should see ddev's command usage output.


The DDEV project is committed to supporting Semantic Version 2.0.0. Additional context on this decision can be read in Ensure ddev is properly utilizing Semantic Versioning.


If you've encountered trouble using ddev, please use these resources to get help with your issue:

  1. Please review the ddev Documentation to ensure your question isn't answered there.
  2. Review the ddev issue queue to see if an issue similar to yours already exists.
  3. If you've exhausted these options and still need help, please file an issue following the pre-populated guidelines and our Contributing Guidelines as best as possible.