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Duplicator Documentation

Documentation, Reference Materials, and Tutorials for Duplicator

Classic Installation

Do you want to migrate your WordPress site to another location? Do it in 3 easy steps with our Classic Install option. If you want to overwrite an existing WordPress site, use Overwrite Install OR Import Install (Pro).

For a guided walkthrough, check out the video tutorial:

beginning at 8:00 out of 24:57

This video showcases the process of the classic install method.

These steps will show you how to install/ redeploy your WordPress site (Duplicator package) to a new location.

Step 1 – Create and Download Backup

Create a backup, then download the installer and archive files to the local computer from:

Navigate to Duplicator Lite/ Pro » Packages » click on Download. You can select Both Files or download the Installer and Archive File individually

You can also view the Package Overview by dropping down the arrow.

You can use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) if needed. Open a FTP Client like FileZilla » go to site directory » find wp-content folder. Locate backups-dup-pro or backups-dup-lite folder under wp-content:

Find matching installer.php with [hash-code] and download it.

Cloud Storage Pro Only
Dropbox: Go to OR Dropbox client on PC/MAC.
Google Drive: Go to OR Google client on PC/MAC.
OneDrive: Go to OR Onedrive client on PC/MAC.
Amazon S3: Go to Amazon AWS account

Step 2 – Transfer the Backup

Transfer both the and matching installer.php files from your computer to the destination site.

There are two possible locations where the archive and installer files can be placed. One is on your local computer (localhost) and the other is on a remote host commonly referred to as your hosting provider.

Remote Host

Use FTPcPanel, or your host’s file manager to transfer the and installer.php downloaded in Step 1 to the remote server. Place both of the files in a new empty directory on your host where the files are accessible from a valid URL such as:


The files can be placed on your web server’s root directory, but do not have to be placed there. On some hosts the root directory might be public_html -OR- www.and the host will allow files to be placed at that location. While other hosts do not allow files directly in the web server root folder. If you’re not sure where you can place the files then contact your hosting provider. Make sure the directories they are copied to have the correct permissions.


Be sure you have PHP, Apache and MySQL installed on your local computer with software such as XAMPPInstant WordPress, or MAMP for MAC. Place the and installer.php into any directory under your webroot or where they can be served up by your local webserver then continue with Step below.

Step 3 – Installing the Backup

Open any web browser and browse to the ‘installer.php’ such as:

In Step 1 Setup » Create Database and User » Enter Database Connection Info » Click on Validate » and Click Next.

Database Connection Tips:
» Most setups require the Host field to be set to localhost.

» To create a database, see this link “Create A New Database and User” or the one above- OR – contact your host to have them create the database and user and the info from them.The Action Remove All Data will delete all tables from the database you connect to. Be 100% sure of the credentials used when choosing this action.

» Visit the FAQ for more database troubleshooting help

Login to your site and check if the site is migrated.

How To Restart The Installation:

  1. Remove all files and directories from where you just installed your site (except the installer and backup file).
  2. Hit your web browser’s back button or browse to the installer.php file again.
  3. Run the installer again.

 If you are installing over an existing WordPress site then check out the Overwrite Install Instructions.
Want to make this process easier? Check out our tutorial on how to migrate a WordPress site with our Import feature!

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