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?



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
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    "Warning: brew services is unsupported and will be removed soon." – user72923 Sep 13 '14 at 17:25
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    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
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    brew doesn't support the "services" verb anymore as of 0.9.5 – oDDsKooL Oct 23 '14 at 6:38
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    Please note that brew does support the the services command now via a tap. See the answer below, it is a more relevant answer now. – GrayedFox Nov 3 '16 at 15:50

As of Dec-7-2015 You can use brew services.

You need to brew tap homebrew/services and then thw following will work as expected:

install brew install redis

start brew services start redis

stop brew services stop redis

restart brew services restart redis

More info here: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-services

  • conflicting answer above says brew services is deprecated. – chovy Dec 8 '15 at 10:20
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    @chovy They were deprecated because of lack of maintenance, but are now back again as a brew tap. As you can see last commit is from 27 days ago. – microspino Dec 8 '15 at 11:28
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    This is a more relevant and up to date answer now than the above ones, and faster to implement than going manual launchctl way. – GrayedFox Nov 3 '16 at 15:51
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    It's 2017 and I'm using Brew v1.3.6 and this works perfectly fine. – Ryan Taylor Oct 27 '17 at 21:42

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
  • brew 0.9.5 support services, here they are $ brew --version Homebrew 0.9.5 (git revision bf22; last commit 2016-03-06) $ brew services list Name Status User Plist postgresql stopped redis stopped $ – AMIC MING Mar 22 '16 at 19:14

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
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    See the other answer that uses launchctl, it works and is supported now by the brew recipe. – oDDsKooL Oct 23 '14 at 6:46

For Homebrew 1.5.14


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    Welcome to Super User! This duplicates information present in another answer- can you differentiate it at all? :) – bertieb May 1 '18 at 17:44
  • Now it's the same as the accepted answer!! (You really should just delete this answer.) – robinCTS Jul 27 '18 at 3:58
  • no it's not. He included the path to a conf file. Clearly not the same, and not required. I know I don't want to type the path to a conf file every time I start and stop Redis and I think anyone else reading this(besides you) would find that valuable. – Miguel Coder Jul 27 '18 at 18:31

If you are successfully running brew services start redis or brew services restart redis, then seeing "Could not connect to Redis at Connection refused" when attempting to run redis-cli, you should verify the existence of your redis configuration file.

You can run touch /usr/local/etc/redis.conf or similar to create an empty configuration file.

Then run brew services restart redis and redis-cli, then voila!> PING

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