Recently it was asked me to collaborate to the development of a web site created using Joomla. The site is already online in a public server.

I need to copy the entire site to my pc in which Joomla is installed. Is there an easy way to do so?

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    Use Akeeba Backup as suggested by @Star. Note that Akeeba Backup will copy both Joomla and your content, so make sure you restore it to an empty folder, not a folder containing Joomla already.
    – johanpw
    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:58

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Yes -

Download Akeeba Backup. Install this extension and take a backup through admin screen - Components > Akeeba Backup > Backup Now.

Transfer your backup located at administrator/components/com_akeeba/backup from local to server or server to local using FTP.

Then download Kickstart.

Place kickstart.php and your backup archive in the same (empty) folder on localhost - such as htdocs (In my case htdocs is my root folder because I use Xamp).

Then run localhost/kickstart.php from your browser - The process from here is simple.

  • NOTE: Kickstart is just one method of restoring an Akeeba backup. You don't have to use it.
    – TryHarder
    Feb 15, 2015 at 13:16
  • NOTE: If you do not use kickstart, your backup cannot be used. So you have to use kickstart if you want to extract the backup and restore the site.
    – Star
    Feb 15, 2015 at 13:22
  • My comment was not meant to detract from your post- regardless your comment is WRONG. A method of restoring an Akeeba backup that does not rely on Kickstart is to extract the backup to your joomla root folder and then to visit localhost/installation (or localhostip/installation) in your browser and install your backup.
    – TryHarder
    Feb 15, 2015 at 13:29
  • This comment is not wrong - PROVE IT- So you have to use kickstart if you want to extract the backup and restore the site. - This is the file provided by Akeeba. - I have restored more than 2000 sites like that and thats how I know it.
    – Star
    Feb 15, 2015 at 13:30
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    @Star try not to get offended by the comments, I'm pretty sure he was just trying to add some clarification that is technically true. (You can use other methods to extract and install the backup, but kickstart is probably the easiest, which is what the question asked for.) I'm not going to delete the comments since there is some useful links and info hidden in there. Feb 18, 2015 at 6:29

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