This video is for you if you do not currently have an “AMP” stack installed on your local machine for developing websites, and would like to install a pre-configured all in one solution that has everything you need to effectively build and develop Drupal sites on your local machine, including Apache, MySql, PHP and Drush. If you’re already using another AMP stack, like MAMP, you can skip this video and watch “Installing Drush on Mac OSX”.

This video will show you how to download and install Acquia Dev Desktop on Mac OSX. If you’d like to use Acquia Dev Desktop but are on a Windows machine, watch the video “Installing Acquia Dev Desktop on Windows.”

Acquia Dev Desktop is a great tool created by the team at and is my prefered AMP stack for working with Drupal.

You can download it by going to

You can scroll down just a bit, and find “Acquia Dev Desktop”. Make sure that you download this one, and not Acquia Drupal, as the Dev Desktop is what actually includes the “AMP” stack that you need to develop locally. I’m going to install it for Drupal 7, and because I’m on a Mac, I’m going to choose the .dmg file, then click “Download”.

I’m going to click “No thanks,” and just go to the download. Once it’s downloaded, we’ll go ahead and open it up. And we’ll double click the “Acqua Dev Desktop Stack Installer”. Then click “Open”, and type in my password. Then the Dev Desktop Installer will begin, and we’ll click “Next” three times. These install locations work fine for me, so I’ll go ahead and click “Next”. I’m going to leave these port settings as they are. These are set to non-standard ports, so they won’t actually interfere if you do already have another “AMP” stack installed, like MAMP.

And now, we’re going to setup some Drupal settings for the initial Drupal site that is installed. I’m not actually going to use this site, so I’ll just go ahead and fill in some information, but, this isn’t important. And everything looks good, so I’ll just click next until the installer begins. And once the installation is complete, I’ll click “Finish”.

So, to verify that Drush is actually installed, let’s go ahead and go to the Finder. Open a new window and go to “Applications => acquia-drupal” and we’ll see the “drush” folder here. And that Drush is inside that folder.

So, we do have Drush installed, and we’re ready to use it.