Local Development (Beta)

Local Development (Beta)

The Local Development Server is a Salesforce CLI plugin that configures and runs a Lightning Web Components-enabled server on your computer. Now you can develop Lightning Web Component modules and see live changes without publishing your components to an org.

Note: This feature is in beta and has been released early so we can collect your feedback. It may contain significant problems, undergo major changes, or be discontinued. If you encounter any problems, or want to request an enhancement, open a GitHub issue. The use of this feature is governed by the Salesforce.com Program Agreement.


System Requirements

  • Developer Hub-enabled org
  • Most recent stable version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge web browser
  • Windows—Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit) or later
  • Mac—macOS 10.11 or later
  • Linux—Ubuntu 14.0.4 or later
  • Salesforce CLI

To develop Lightning web components, use your favorite code editor. We recommend using Visual Studio Code because its Salesforce Extensions for VS Code provide powerful features for development on Lightning Platform.


  1. Open a new terminal window and run the following command to install the local development server.

    sfdx plugins:install @salesforce/lwc-dev-server
  2. Check for updates to the local development server.

    sfdx plugins:update
  3. Navigate to your SFDX project, or clone one that has Lightning web components. In this example, we are using lwc-recipes.

    git clone git@github.com:trailheadapps/lwc-recipes.git
  4. If you’re not in the the lwc-recipes root directory already, cd into it.

    cd lwc-recipes
  5. Add the .localdevserver folder in your SFDX project to your .gitignore file. Do not modify files inside of this folder.

  6. Authorize a Developer Hub (Dev Hub) by following the steps in Enable Dev Hub In Your Org in the Salesforce DX Developer Guide. A Dev Hub is the main Salesforce org that you and your team use to create and manage your scratch orgs, temporary environments for developing on the Salesforce platform. You need the Dev Hub to create a scratch org in a later step.

  7. Following the instructions in the Salesforce DX Developer Guide, log in using your Dev Hub credentials. Running the following command opens a login window in your browser.

    sfdx force:auth:web:login -d -a <myhuborg>
  8. In local development, requests to Lightning Data Service and Apex go to scratch orgs, similar to how they go to your production org. To create a scratch org, run this command from the command line. Here, “LWC” is an alias for the scratch org that you can use in other Salesforce CLI commands.

    sfdx force:org:create -s -f config/project-scratch-def.json -a "LWC"

    The scratch org definition defines the org edition, features, org preferences, and other options. This example uses the scratch org definition file, project-scratch-def.json that is included in lwc-recipes. For other projects, create your own. For more information, see the instructions for Create Scratch Orgs in the Salesforce DX Developer Guide.

9) Push your code to your scratch org.

   sfdx force:source:push

10) Start the server.

sfdx force:lightning:lwc:start

11) View the server at http://localhost:3333/.

For more information on local development commands, view the local development documentation.

sfdx force:lightning:lwc:<commandName> --help.


$ sfdx force:lightning:lwc:start
Starting LWC Local Development.
    Dev Hub Org: mydevhub
    Scratch Org: undefined - We can't find an active scratch org for this Dev Hub. Create one by following the steps in Create Scratch Orgs in the Salesforce DX Developer Guide (https://sfdc.co/cuuVX4) or the Local Development Server Getting Started.

If you see this error, make sure that you authenticate to your Dev Hub and create a scratch org.

Configuration for Projects (Optional)

SFDX automatically configures your project out of the box, but if you need to override configuration for the server, add a localdevserver.config.json file at the base of your project.

Here’s an example that shows the available configuration parameters.

  // What namespace to use referencing your Lightning Web Components
  namespace: 'c',

  // Name of the component to load in the default container
  main: 'app',

  // Where are your component files. If you have a namespace, specify the directory the namespace folder is in.
  modulesSourceDirectory: 'src/',

  // Where are your static assets.
  staticResourcesDirectory: 'staticresources',

  // The address port for your local server. Defaults to 3333
  port: 3333,

  // Optional path to the custom labels file
  customLabelsFile: 'labels/CustomLabels.labels-meta.xml'

Working With Modules and Components

Supported Modules

The local development server supports the following modules. Modules refer to @salesforce modules and modules imported without @salesforce, like lightning/empApi. For more information about how these modules work with Lightning web components, see @salesforce Modules in the Lightning Web Components Developer Guide.

Module Name   Local Development Behavior
@salesforce/resourceUrl   Imports static resources into your Salesforce org using the structure: import <resourceName> from '@salesforce/resourceUrl'. Static resources are copied and served from the SFDX project location on your filesystem to the local development server.
@salesforce/label   Custom Labels are resolved from the SFDX project directory labels/CustomLabels.labels-meta.xml. The local development server displays a placeholder for labels that it either can’t find or that you created in Setup but didn’t sync to your local filesystem. The placeholder looks like this: {unknown label: foo}. In the case where your label is not in your org, SFDX returns an error when you push your code.
@salesforce/apex   Apex requests are proxied to your scratch org.
@salesforce/schema   Follows the same behavior described in the Lightning Web Components Developer Guide reference.

Partially Supported Modules

These modules work with the local development server, but behave differently from how they do in a production org.

Module Name     Local Development Behavior
@salesforce/i18n     The locale is set to US/English locale. For local development, all imports from @salesforce/i18n are hardcoded to return values that are similar to what you would see in the en-US locale in production.
@salesforce/user     You can include @salesforce/user when working in local development. User ID is not supported, and local development assigns it a value of undefined. The value of isGuest always returns true.

Unsupported Modules

The local development server throws an error if you try to preview any components that use these modules.

  • @salesforce/contentAssetUrl
  • @salesforce/apexContinuation
  • lightning/empApi
  • lightning/platformShowToastEvent

Unsupported Components

The local development server throws an error if you try to use the following components.

  • lightning-file-upload
  • lightning-formatted-address
  • lightning-map


  • The local development server supports Lightning web components only. It does not support Aura components.
  • Don’t connect to a production Salesforce org with the local development server. Local development uses data in real time. If you authenticate to a production org, then you will modify or overwrite data in production.
  • You can’t specify or change attribute values for your components on the component preview page. Components render with their default attribute values. For example, let’s say you’re writing a clock component. To view the component, the clock needs to know your timezone, which requires setting a timezone attribute. We recommend setting a default timezone in the code. If you can’t specify a default value, create a wrapper component that creates the clock and sets the proper attributes. To prevent confusion, make sure to give your wrapper component a name that clarifies it is for testing purposes only.
  • SLDS CSS and icons are included with the local development plugin, and are automatically included on every page. If you notice differences between how some SLDS classes render in local development versus how they do on your Salesforce instance, they may be running different versions. In the beta release, you cannot modify the version of SLDS, and it won’t sync with the version you’re running on your instance.
  • In local development, component UI is rendered locally on your machine. However, data manipulation code like calls to the uiRecordApi wire adapters and Apex controllers get sent to your authenticated Salesforce org. This means that creating, editing, and deleting records or data are reflected in the org, in addition to what is displayed on your local machine. Don’t authenticate the Salesforce CLI to a production Salesforce org.
  • Flexipages aren’t supported.
  • Locker is not supported.
  • Salesforce Standard Design Tokens and Custom Tokens in CSS files aren’t supported. For more information about Design Tokens and Custom Tokens, see the Salesforce Lightning Design System.

Common Errors

Here are common errors that you may run into while working with the local development server.

Using an Unsupported Dependency

This error occurs when you use an unsupported Salesforce module. In this example, a user tries to import an unsupported dependency called userPermission: import userPermission from '@salesforce/userPermission';

Screenshot of unsupported dependency error

talon.js:3554 Uncaught Error: Unknown scope, cannot resolve dependency 'userPermission'
at assert$1 (talon.js:3554)
at Resolver.resolve (talon.js:10541)
at resolve (talon.js:11642)
at Resolver.resolve (talon.js:10542)
at ModuleRegistry.evaluateModuleDependency (talon.js:11818)
at talon.js:11770
at Array.map (<anonymous>)
at ModuleRegistry.resolveExports (talon.js:11765)
at ModuleRegistry.addModule (talon.js:11750)
at ModuleRegistry.define (talon.js:11719)

For more information about which modules the local development server supports, see Supported Salesforce Modules.

Using a Nonexistent Component

This error message occurs when you try to use a component that isn’t included in your local project or used globally. Here, the local development server cannot find the component c-clockzzz.

Screenshot of unsupported dependency error

Uncaught Error: Could not resolve entry (c/clockzzz)
at error (:3333/Users/<path-to-workspace>/Dev/lwc-dev-server/node_modules/rollup/dist/rollup.js:3460)
at :3333/<path-to-workspace>/lwc-dev-server/node_modules/rollup/dist/rollup.js:21359

Using a Component in a Nonexistent Namespace

If you use a namespace that either wasn’t created in your org or that isn’t part of the Component library, the local development server will produce this error.

Screenshot of unsupported dependency error

talon.js:11847 Uncaught Error: Cannot resolve module 'force'
at ModuleRegistry.evaluateUnscopedModuleDependency (talon.js:11847)
at ModuleRegistry.evaluateModuleDependency (talon.js:11822)
at talon.js:11770
at Array.map (<anonymous>)
at ModuleRegistry.resolveExports (talon.js:11765)
at ModuleRegistry.addModule (talon.js:11750)
at ModuleRegistry.define (talon.js:11719)
at clock.js:1

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