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I used brew to install redis (a key/value store database server) for my node.js app.

brew install redis

However, it seems to disappear and is very volatile. Because I'm using redis as my session store, I need to be able to quickly restart it on my mac when this happens.

How do I restart redis that I installed with brew?

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brew services expired due to no one want to maintain it. check below: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/issues/28657

check launchctl function instead.

or lunchy

So instead of:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/io.redis.redis-server.plist

you can do this:

lunchy start redis


lunchy ls

references: https://github.com/eddiezane/lunchy

It used to be able to use as below:

brew services restart redis

should be the restart command You want. You can also run

brew services list

which will give you list of your brew services.

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I had to re-install redis with brew to get it in the startup plist, then this worked fine –  Stuart Nelson Jun 26 '14 at 15:27
"Warning: brew services is unsupported and will be removed soon." –  user72923 Sep 13 '14 at 17:25
It's pretty dumb to remove such useful shortcut. But it's buggy by the way. I can stop redis with brew services, but after that I'm unable to start it again. –  Phuong Nguyen Oct 4 '14 at 5:50
brew doesn't support the "services" verb anymore as of 0.9.5 –  oDDsKooL Oct 23 '14 at 6:38
Use the answer below using launchctl, now that brew doesn't support "services" anymore –  Daniel Magliola Feb 19 at 14:43

Brew doesn't support the services command anymore.

The recommended way is to use os x's launchctl command.

First you need to setup redis as a service managed by launchctl:

$ ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/redis/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents

Then you can use launchctl load/ launchctl unload to start/stop the service:

$ # start redis server
$ launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.redis.plist
$ # stop redis server
$ launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.redis.plist
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I found all these options listed in brew package (brew info redis) to be very buggy. For example redis throws a bunch of errors if it isn't started with root. I ended up just doing the direct call with sudo and removing launchctl files.

sudo redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf

I was hoping there was a way to easily restart redis from the command line, but that doesn't seem possible. Therefore, I run with daemon mode set to 'no' and watch it log to stdout, then I can kill it easily.

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I've appended this command with '& disown' to background and detach from the process –  Ben Simpson Jan 2 '14 at 19:36
See the other answer that uses launchctl, it works and is supported now by the brew recipe. –  oDDsKooL Oct 23 '14 at 6:46

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