I've been using Local by Flywheel for my local dev environment but recently it started acting weird so I decided, that since I'd finally learned a decent amount of CLI, maybe I should try just using WP-CLI and LAMP installed on WSL for Windows 10.

Well [I've run into a bunch of issues] and I'm almost ready to throw in the towel. So I was thinking about using Xampp instead.

Is Xampp a virtual machine? Running LAMP in WSL isn't a virtual machine right? I know Local by Flywheel is a virtual machine which is part of why it's a bit slow sometimes.

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XAMPP is not a virtual machine, it's a local server, and is excellent for local WP development, however attempting to use WP-CLI takes some more steps, detailed here: https://lmilosis.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/19/

  • Thank you! This was super helpful. I've previously used MAMP before using Local and that's a virtual machine right? Also, would you happen to know what the performance of a LAMP in WSL is versus a XAMPP? Sep 14, 2018 at 18:22

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