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Instant WordPress


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 9/5/2019.

Instant WordPress turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB stick.
It comes complete with it’s own built in Apache web server, PHP and MySQL installations that are started and stopped automatically.
Instant WordPress has a set of dummy WordPress posts and pages so that you do not have to create any data or posts to test themes and plugins.
It is self-configuring, so it should not conflict with any software already running on your machine.
Instant WordPress can be installed as many times as you wish and deleted by simply removing the folder that it is running from. Nothing is left on your machine.
Please Note: Instant WordPress is not suitable for live websites and should only be used for testing and development.

To install Instant WordPress, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install instantwordpress

To upgrade Instant WordPress, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade instantwordpress


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName         = 'instantwordpress' # nuget package ID
    $url                 = '' # download url
    $shortcutLocation    = 'Chocolatey'
    $shortcutName        = 'Instant WordPress.lnk'
    $shortcutDescription = 'Standalone, portable WordPress development environment'
    $appBase             = Split-Path -Parent `
                                      -Path (Split-Path -Parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $installlocation     = Join-Path -Path $appBase -ChildPath 'App'
    $toolslocation       = Join-Path -Path $appBase -ChildPath 'tools'
    $shortcutRegistry    = Join-Path -Path $appBase -ChildPath 'shortcuts.txt'
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage -packageName   $packageName `
                                 -Url           $url `
                                 -UnzipLocation $installlocation `
                                 -Checksum      '1E11D51AAD5F11930F0BB42CDDA718D672B64A9B050C953519A9C5B821B20CC2' `
                                 -ChecksumType  'sha256'
    # create .gui and .ignore files as appropriate
    Get-ChildItem -Name $installlocation -include '*.bat','*.exe' -Recurse `
    | ForEach-Object {
        [System.IO.FileInfo]$exe = Join-Path -Path $installlocation -ChildPath $_
        if ($exe.BaseName -eq 'Start-InstantWP')
          echo '' >"$($exe.FullName).gui"
          ## install a shortcut to the start menu to make this app discoverable
          [string]$shortcutFolder = Join-Path -Path "$($env:APPDATA)\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" `
                                              -ChildPath $shortcutLocation
          [string]$shortcut       = Join-Path -Path $shortcutFolder `
                                              -ChildPath $shortcutName
          # register shortcut for removal on uninstall
          Out-File -InputObject $shortcut `
                   -Append `
                   -FilePath $shortcutRegistry
          if (![System.IO.Directory]::Exists( $shortcutFolder))
            [System.IO.Directory]::CreateDirectory($shortcutFolder) >$null
          Install-ChocolateyShortcut -ShortcutFilePath $shortcut `
                                     -Targetpath $exe.FullName `
                                     -WorkingDirectory $exe.DirectoryName `
                                     -Description $shortcutDescription `
                                     -IconLocation (Join-Path -Path $toolslocation IWP.ico)
          # ignore this executable
          echo '' >"$($exe.FullName).ignore"
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $appBase          = Split-Path -Parent `
                                   -Path (Split-Path -Parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $installlocation  = Join-Path -Path $appBase -ChildPath 'App'
    $shortcutRegistry = Join-Path -Path $appBase -ChildPath 'shortcuts.txt'
    Get-Content -LiteralPath $shortcutRegistry -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue `
    | Where-Object { -not [string]::IsNullOrEmpty($_) } `
    | ForEach-Object {
        Write-Host "Removing Shortcut: $_"
        Remove-Item -LiteralPath $_ -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue
    Write-Host "Cleaning up $appBase ..."
    Remove-Item -Force `
                -Recurse `
                -Exclude '*.nupkg','*install.ps1' `
                -LiteralPath $appBase
  • tools\IWP.ico

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Corvideon


InstantWP © 2015-2018 Corvideon


Release Notes

  • WordPress Version 4.7.1
  • PHP 7.0.14
  • MySQL – 10.1.20-MariaDB MariaDB Server
  • Apache/2.4.23 (Unix)
  • PHPMyAdmin Version
  • PHP Composer and WP-CLI also installed

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Instant WordPress 5.3.5 219 Friday, December 15, 2017 approved
Instant WordPress 5.3.3 200 Sunday, November 19, 2017 approved
Instant WordPress 5.3.0 187 Friday, October 27, 2017 approved
Instant WordPress 4.5.0 678 Monday, August 24, 2015 approved
Instant WordPress 4.4.2 309 Thursday, March 26, 2015 approved

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