How to use Local by Flywheel with another host

This is a topic I see come up a lot, and while they do offer an export option within Local I do prefer to do it the manual way as I can make sure everything I want to be copied over to the new host is copied. All of these steps were done on macOS with Local version 5.6.3+4270, so depending on your operating system and version of Local this may be different.

The first thing I do is right click on the site I want to export to a new host, and choose Reveal in Finder as shown below.

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You should now be presented with the files in the finder where you can see the location of /Users/shelby/Local Sites/localtest/. Now that you know the location you can use your FTP client of choice to upload them to your new host, hopefully via SFTP.

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Head back over to Local and click on Database for the site you want to export, and then click Open Adminer.

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Adminer will open in your web browser, and on the left hand column of the page you will want to click on Export.

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On the export screen choose gzip, and then SQL for the format, now click Export. Your browser should download a copy of the exported database that you can import on the new host.

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Again the normal export option that they provide when right-clicking on the site will likely work for everyone, but I did want to provide a more manual walkthrough on how to go about doing this incase they remove the export feature in a future release of the software.