How do I clone an application on my server?October 14, 2014


This knowledge base explains how you can clone your application on the same server on which you are running it. You can do this to create different environments (dev, test, prod …) to integrate into your development workflow. If you pair application cloning with our git deployment feature, you can build powerful and simple workflows.

If you are interested in cloning your whole server instead of only one application, please read here.

Step 1: Login into the Cloudways console

Click here and log in with your credentials.


Step 2: Go to Application Management

Tap on “Applications” on the top menu bar and then select your target application from the list.

Application Management WordPress

Step 3: Clone Application

  1. Click on the “Access Detail”, we have picked a Magento application.
  2. Then, click the floating action button located at the bottom right of the page.
  3. Finally, click on the “Clone App” button to clone your app.

Clone app

Once you have taped on “Clone App”, a message pops for you to choose a server. Pick “ the Same Server” if you want to clone your app on the same server, otherwise select your server from the list, and then tap the “Submit” button.


Step 4: Cloning  successfully completed

Note: First you update the database to version MySQL 5.6′ or ‘MariaDB 10. Otherwise, an error message pops up for you.


After upgrading our database to the version mentioned above.


You get a message after effectively finishing the cloning process, and you can get to the cloned application.


5 Responses

  1. Dave Bell says:

    This is for the old dashboard. I need info on the 2.0 dashboard. I cannot find how to clone an app.

  2. Bob Warrick says:

    The how-to gives no guidance as to when to choose MySQL 5.6 vs. MariaDB 10 and a search of the knowledge base for “MySQL vs MariaDB” resulted in no search results.

  3. Ladislav Šulc says:

    Hi, I cannot seem to be able to find how to clone an app within the new dashboard. Any advice? I can only clone the server, I need to be able to clone an app.

    Thank you.

    • Cloudways says:

      Just go to the application in the dashboard, then you have a round icon on the bottom right of your screen. Hover over it and you will see the Delete App, Clone App and Add App option.

      Cloudways Team

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