Local Server

Note: Local Server is an experimental Docker-based environment, currently in preview. Consult the Local Chassis documentation if you are using Chassis for your 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 https://www.docker.com/get-started.

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.

Starting the Local Server

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

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

Startup completed.
To access your site visit: https://my-site.altis.dev/

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

The subdomain used for the project can be configured via the modules.local-server.name setting:

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

Stopping the Local Server

To stop the Local Server containers, simply run composer local-server stop.