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Craft Nitro is a Docker-based local hosting solution by Pixel & Tonic, the developers of Craft. It is designed as an officially-supported way to handle local development of Craft CMS website builds, as well as when working on plugin development.
Craft Nitro replaces the need for tools like MAMP, XAMPP, WAMP, or Laravel Valet.
Because it is built on top of Docker, Nitro doesn’t use your system software libraries (like PHP or MySQL) and instead spins up a dedicated set of Docker containers to handle that software.
By using a Docker-based local development environment, you can:
Nitro is built to do a specific job: reliably handle local development for Craft CMS projects. It uses Docker behind the scenes but you don’t need to mess with the tooling you would in a typical hand-rolled Docker setup.
Additionally, you don’t have any extra files in your Craft project.
Finally, Nitro is developed and maintained by the team behind Craft CMS, so any improvements, fixes, or updates aren’t a burden you or your team have to carry. You can rest assured that there’s someone else handling that.
How do you know if Nitro is right for you?
Ready to try it? Learn how to install and use Nitro in our free 13-part course.