A small tool box for local website development



Local Dev Tools: a small set of web dev helpers

The package provides a small set of (hopefully) useful web development helpers that may be run from command line. Its main target is to make boring tasks less boring and less time-consuming. It helps you setting up new projects locally (non-container based ones), copying remote databases, setting up local ones, etc.

It will always ask you to define and/or confirm any missing option, so you can just run the commands without setting any options at all and you will be prompted for any missing option.


  1. You probably want to install this package globally via composer: composer global require glowpointzero/localdevtools. Alternatively (not recommended, though), clone the repository to wherever, and run composer install
  2. Make sure the global composer 'bin' directory is in your paths
  3. Run dev setup to set some commonly used settings throughout the scripts
  4. Run dev list to get a description of all available commands.

Project structure assumptions

Some commands (such as the 'setup' and the 'project:create' assume that you organize your local projects in one single directory containing subdirectories for every project:

├── acme/
    ├── logs/
    ├── project_files/
        ├── public_html/
        ├── ...

During setup (dev setup) you'll be asked to set the 'projects root path', which would correspond to the root directory 'all_my_projects' in the example above. A directory that contains subdirectories to each of your projects. 'logs' is statically called 'logs' and be linked in in the virtual host configuration file. 'project_files' corresponds to the 'Project files root directory name' you'll be asked to set on each dev project:create. Same for the 'document root directory name', which corresponds to the 'public_html' directory in the example above.



Run dev setup to set up your local dev tools configuration. You'll be asked for various things the local dev tools will need to take care of things in the future. This includes your local database root user or the directory path to where you store your virtual host configuration files.

Configuration will be stored in ~/.localdevtools/config.


Run dev link:setup to define an infinite (yes, in-fi-nite!) number of symlink sources/targets to use later by callig dev link.


dev link lets you create any symlink previously defined by dev link:setup. "Why would I need to to that?" you may ask. Imagine switching to different php.inis or even different local servers, etc. at the push of a few buttons.


When in need to fix your code according to coding standards, hit up dev code:fix. You'll be asked for the coding standards to apply and if you have a php-cs-fixer config file, you may even point to this.

As mentioned, this is a quick wrapper to the php-cs-fixer.


dev configuration:diagnose will run through all setting you've defined during the dev setup process and will try to find any conflicts or errors.


dev db:copyfromremote will - you've probably guessed it - copy a database from a remote host without any of the manual hassle. If your local DB exists, a dump will be created before overwriting it.


Create a local database by running dev db:create. That's it.


Dump any of your databases into ~/dumps by running dev db:dump.


Import any database dump existing as file on your local machine. Simply run dev db:import.


When setting up a new local web project, there are a few things that need to be done before really being able to work on a site. project:create takes care of

  • creating the needed directories
  • creating the virtual host files
  • creating a database or importing an existing one
  • extending the 'hosts' file
  • cloning a project git repository and possibly running composer actions


A very simple wrapper to the server restart command you set during dev setup.

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