Importing a site with Acquia Dev Desktop

Once you've installed Acquia Dev Desktop, it's very easy to set up existing sites where you have a filesystem and database, like the case studies we've provided.

  1. For the sake of consistency, put the folder with the filesystem for the site you're importing in the same place as the rest of the Drupal filesystems generated by installing Drupal using Acquia Dev Desktop (/Users/[you]/Sites on OSX, C:/Users/[you]/Sites in Windows). The import process doesn't move the Drupal filesystem folder from the place you specify, so be sure to put it somewhere it won't be accidentally deleted or moved later (e.g. a temporary folder for unzipped files, the desktop, etc.).
  2. In the Acquia control panel, click on "Settings", then "Sites" and then "Import".
  3. For Site path, select the folder that contains the filesystem
  4. For Subsite, 'default' is the right option for the case studies we've provided. If the filesystem you have is for a multi-site installation of Drupal, choose the site folder that you want to import.
  5. For the Dump file, select the database dump. It might end in .sql, or be compressed (.gz); Acquia Dev Desktop can handle importing compressed files
  6. The database name should consist of lowercase letters, and use _ instead of space
  7. The Subdomain is what the URL will be to access this site (i.e. http://[subdomain].localhost:8082).
  8. The case study sites aren't designed with an additional URL path in mind, so you can leave it blank.

It should take no more than a minute or two to import the database after you hit "Import", and then your site will be available at the URL displayed at the bottom (e.g. http://[subdomain].localhost:8082).