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Acquia (alpha)

Acquia is the Enterprise Digital Experience Platform designed to help you build Drupal experiences that engage customers, enhance conversions and help your business stand out.

Lando provides a snazzy integration that:

  • Closely mimics Acquia's stack, versions and environment locally
  • Allows you to easily pull your Acquia site down locally
  • Allows you to easily push your changes back to Acquia
  • Installs drush, acli and other power tools.

However, in order to profit, you must have an account and a site on Acquia to be able to use this recipe. If you don't, you can sign up here.

Getting Started


This recipe is currently in alpha. This means it is mostly feature complete but not currently tested against a large cross section of projects. As a result YMMV. Also note that you must have Lando version 3.0.27 or higher to try this out.

Before you get started with this recipe, we assume that you have:

  1. Installed Lando and gotten familiar with its basics.
  2. Initialized a Landofile for your codebase for use with this recipe.
  3. Read about the various services, tooling, events and routing Lando offers.

However, because you are a developer and developers never ever RTFM, you can also try out this recipe with an extant Acquia project or start a brand new project on Acquia with the commands as follows:

# Toggle the experimental flag to gain access to alpha features
lando --experimental

# Go through interactive prompts to get your code from acquia
lando init --source acquia

# OR if you already have your acquia code locally
cd /path/to/repo
lando init \
  --source cwd \
  --recipe acquia

# Start it up
lando start

# Import your database and files
lando pull

# List information about this app.
lando info


While Lando recipes set sane defaults so they work out of the box, they are also configurable.

Here are the configuration options, set to the default values, for this recipe. If you are unsure about where this goes or what this means we highly recommend scanning the recipes documentation to get a good handle on how the magicks work.

recipe: acquia
  acli_version: master
  ah_application_uuid: null
  ah_site_group: null
    run_scripts: true
  cache: true
  composer_version: '2'
  inbox: true
  php: '7.4'
  xdebug: false

If you do not already have a Landofile for your Acquia site, we highly recommend you use lando init to get one as that will automatically populate the ah_application_uuid, ah_site_group and php version for you. Manually creating a Landofile with these things set correctly can be difficult and is highly discouraged.

Note that if the above config options are not enough, all Lando recipes can be further extended and overridden.

Choosing a composer version

By default the acquia recipe will default to the latest stable release of composer 2. If your application depends on a different version of composer you can set composer_version to any version that is available in our php service.

recipe: acquia
  composer_version: '1.10.1'

Disabling acli pull:run-scripts

By default acli pull:run-scripts will automatically run on your first lando start and on subsequent lando rebuilds to ensure your site has the needed code dependencies to run correctly. However, there are some rare situations where this may not be a suitable default. In such cases you can disable this behavior:

recipe: acquia
    run_scripts: false

Customizing the stack

By default, Lando will spin up an approximation of the Acquia stack:

  • Apache webserver 2.4
  • MySQL database server 5.7
  • Memcache 1.6
  • PHP 7.3, 7.4

Not current supported but coming soon:

  • Solr 3, 4, 7

Additionally Lando will provide a configurable mailhog service so that you can catch an inspect outgoing mail locally.

This means that what works on Acquia should also work on Lando. Please recognize, however, that the Acquia platform is changing all the time and Lando is necessarily reactive in some cases.

If you do not need the umlimited power of a fully armed and operational Acquia stack you can tell Lando to not use the more advanced parts of Acquia's stack. This can save time when starting up your app.

recipe: acquia
  # Disable the MEMCACHE cache
  cache: false

  # Disable the MAILHOG inbox
  inbox: false

Note that if your application code depends on one of these services and you disable them, you should expect an error. Also note that Lando does not track what services you are using on your Acquia site e.g. these settings are "decoupled".

Using acli

While in alpha Lando ships the acli built from the latest commit to master on GitHub. You can change this behavior in a few ways:

  1. Install latest stable release
recipe: acquia
  acli_version: latest
  1. Install a specific release version
recipe: acquia
  acli_version: "1.8.1"

Using xdebug

This is just a passthrough option to the xdebug setting that exists on all our php services. The tl;dr is xdebug: true enables and configures the php xdebug extension and xdebug: false disables it.

recipe: acquia
  xdebug: true|false

However, for more information, we recommend you consult the php service documentation.

Connecting to your database

Just like on Acquia, Lando will automatically configure your application to connect to its local database and cache. Note that in some cases, such as when the user has purposefully removed the sourcing of the ${project}-settings.inc file, this will not work.

If you find yourself in this situation and need to manually connect to the database or cache credentials for each are below:

Note that the host is not localhost but database and cache for mysql and memcache respectively.

# Database
database: acquia
username: acquia
password: acquia
host: database
port: 3306

# Cache
host: cache
port: 11211

You can get also get the above information, and more, by using the lando info command or you can check out the environment variable called LANDO INFO as it contains useful information about how your application can access other Lando services.

Importing Your Database and Files

Once you've started up your Acquia site you will need to pull in your database and files before you can really start to dev that sweet sweet dev. There are two easy ways to do this as shown below:

1. Using lando pull

Lando provides a command for Acquia sites called lando pull to get your database and files.

Note that if Lando cannot find an Acquia API key associated with your local site, it will prompt you to enter one. You can also switch to a different key by using the --key and --secret options.


# Pull the latest code, database and files
lando pull

# Skip a code merge
lando pull --code=none

# Pull only the database from the dev environment
lando pull --code=none --database=dev --files=none

# Attempt a pull using a different key and secret
lando pull --key "$ACQUIA_KEY" --secret "$ACQUIA_SECRET"


--verbose, -v   Runs with extra verbosity
--code, -c      The environment from which to pull the code
--database, -d  The environment from which to pull the database
--files, -f     The environment from which to pull the files
--key           An Acquia API key
--secret        An Acquia API secret

Please consult the manual import documentation below if this command produces an error.

2. Manually Importing Your DB and Files

In the event that lando pull is not working as expected you have a few other things you can try out to grab your database and files.


# Use the ACLI directly
lando acli pull:db

# Download and import a database backup
lando db-import database.sql.gz

You can learn more about the db-import command over here.


# Use the ACLI directly
lando acli pull:files

Pushing Your Changes

While a best practices workflow suggests you put all your changes in code and push those changes with git, Lando provides a utility command for acquia recipes called lando push that pushes up any code, database or files changes you have made locally.

By default, we set --database or --files to none since this is the suggested best practice.

Note again that if Lando cannot find an Acquia API key associated with your local site, it will prompt you to enter one. You can also switch to a different key by using the --key and --secret options.


# Push the latest code, database and files
lando push


--verbose, -v   Runs with extra verbosity
--code, -c      The environment from which to pull the code
--database, -d  The environment from which to pull the database
--files, -f     The environment from which to pull the files
--key           An Acquia API key
--secret        An Acquia API secret


Each Lando Acquia recipe will also ship with the Acquia toolchain. This means you can use drush and acli via Lando and avoid mucking up your actual computer trying to manage php versions and tooling.

lando acli              Runs acli commands
lando composer          Runs composer commands
lando db-export [file]  Exports database from a database service to a file
lando db-import <file>  Imports a dump file into a database service
lando drush             Runs drush commands
lando mysql             Drops into a MySQL shell on a database service
lando php               Runs php commands
lando pull              Pull code, database and/or files from acquia
lando push              Push code, database and/or files to acquia
lando switch            Switch to a different multidev environment
lando version           Displays the lando version
# Login to acquia
lando acli auth:login

# Clear drush caches
lando drush cr

# Download a dependency with composer
lando composer config repositories.drupal composer https://packages.drupal.org/8
lando composer require "drupal/search_api_acquia ~1.0" --prefer-dist