Release Notes

New DesktopServer Version 3.2.4 Released

Note: Existing users should use our update instructions below to preserve existing sites.

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.2.4) is now available in our downloads section. This version includes important updates to both our free DesktopServer Limited and premium member access DesktopServer version.

Update Instructions

  1. First, you must stop web and database services using DesktopServer’s first option “Stop or restart the web and database services”, followed by “Stop the web and database services”. Once database and web services have stopped, be sure to close the DesktopServer application.
  2. Download the ZIP archive for your specific platform (Windows or Macintosh) with the ‘update only’ option from your account.
  3. Replace the main application program inside your current server folder:
    1. For Macintosh computers, replace the “” file inside your Applications ? XAMPP folder.
      1. Only delete your existing application by dragging it to the trashcan.
      2. Move the new application to your existing Applications ? XAMPP folder.
    2. For Windows computers, replace the “DesktopServer.exe” file inside your c:\xampplite folder.

Change Log

This version (3.2.4) includes the following updates:

  • New ‘Copy website’ feature allows copying of an existing development website for both DesktopServer and DesktopServer Limited versions.
  • Support for Windows task switching (alt+tab) and a standard taskbar application icon.
  • Speed improvements when creating a new website or removing an existing website.
  • Bug fixes for MacOS X Lion to support external hard drives and additional volumes outside of the ‘Users’ folder.
  • Bug fixes when attempting to remove a site definition when the user has already deleted the website’s root folder.


  • MacOS X Lion users may need to unlock and grant Read & Write access to the XAMPP folder in order to update Ctrl click or right-click the XAMPP folder and select ‘Get Info’. From the ‘Sharing & Permissions:’ section, unlock the folder and grant Read & Write to at least the currently logged in user. Be sure to ‘Apply to enclosed items…’. You may now replace the application.
As the Founder of ServerPress, LLC and the Coding Genius behind DesktopServer, Stephen J. Carnam continues to invent new ways to improve developer Workflow through technology. As a huge Advocate of Open Source Software, he promotes Creativity, Community and Collaboration.

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