Email addresses being changed when pulling from Live to local

Q: Date/Time this occurred (Provide your time zone also)
A: Any time local site is pulled down

Q: DevKinsta Version
A: 2.10.0 (

Q: OS Version
A: Max OSX 13.3.1 (22E261)

Q: Docker Desktop Version
A: 4.17.0 (99724)

Q: Were any error codes or messages observed? If so, what were they?
A: No

Q: Detailed Description of the Problem

When copying from Live to local any email addresses are changed that contain the live domain. It’s similar to the behaviour mentioned here:

However both me and my colleague (running the same setup) are finding email addresses are replaced in a way that includes the http protocol. These emails addresses are all stored in post meta table via the ACF pro plugin. Here are some screenshots:

Screenshot 2023-04-21 at 15.39.34


Hi @jdgcss,
This is odd, when pulling a site from Kinsta, we grab the site URL and perform a search and replace only using that.
What do you see in your main.log file when looking for [wpGetSiteUrl] Wp Site URL? If you look for that string you should see the search and replace terms after a few lines. If you are not familiar with the main.log file location, you can find it by clicking on the question mark icon at the bottom left corner of DevKinsta and then on Reveal log file in File Manager.


Hello @Alessandro - thanks for the reply. I;ve looked in the main.log and this is what’s there:

[wpGetSiteUrl] Wp Site URL: https://coventryenergystorage.local [wpSearchAndReplace] Search and replace. Source: https://coventryenergystorage.local, to: https://coventryenergystorage.local

That doesn’t look correct to me? I would have expected the Source value in search and replace to be the live website URL?

Hi @jdgcss,

depending on the process that DevKinsta is running yes, you can see a search and replace notification message that includes a source and destination domain that are the same. However, as you can see the search and replace includes https:// so it is unlikely that it has triggered the change reported in the first message of this thread. Is it possible that an additional search and replace has been done by using a plugin instead?