How To Connect WP Engine to Local

Connecting WP Engine to Locals

Making changes to your site(s) hosted via WP Engine is easy. Besides, the other two environments (staging and development) provided for rolling out and testing updates. With WP Engine, you can pull down your site to your computer using Local by Flywheel to make changes.

In this lesson, we will take you through connecting your WP Engine site(s) to Local.

1. Download Local

WP Local download button
Click the download button
  • Choose the operating system you are using.
WP local supported system platforms
Choose your preferred platform
  • Fill in the signup
Local WP Sign up form
Sign Up form
  • Click “Get it Now.”
  • Your download will start after that.

2. Install Local on your computer

Using the downloaded setup, install Local on your respective operating system.

Installing Local WP on Mac
Local installation process on macOS

When done with the installation, launch the application.

3. Connect Local to your WP Engine

Go to the Connect Page on the Local application to connect Local to WP Engine.

How to connect Local WP to WP Engine
“Connect to Platform” button

Then, click “Connect To A Platform”.

Local can connect to two hosting platforms

  • WP Engine
  • FlyWheel

In this lesson, we will be connecting WP Engine host to Local.

WP Engine's connection to Local WP
Select WP Engine

Click “Log In” on the WP Engine option.

To connect your WP Engine to Local, you need to have the following credentials;

  1. API Username
  2. API Password
API details required to connect WP Engine
Connection credentials

To get these credentials, log into WP Engine and go to the API Acess Page.


To generate these credentials. You enable API access on your account.

To get the connect “Credentials“. Then, follow the steps in the video tutorial shared below.

How to access the API Username and password

After verifying the API credentials, local will establish a successful connection to WP Engine. A list of all your sites hosted via WP Engine will display on the Local Connect Page.


Here are some of the links to extra resources and documentation on how to connect WP Engine to Local.