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I just installed Nginx on Mac OS X (thanks http://www.kevinworthington.com/nginx-mac-os-snow-leopard-2-minutes/), but how do I restart Nginx on Mac OS X?

Thanks!

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    If you just want to restart because of an updated config then just do sudo nginx -s reload.
    – hobbes3
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 21:26

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sudo nginx -s stop && sudo nginx
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    Quick question what does the && means? I guess it's something different then using ;?
    – hobbes3
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 20:03
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    @hobbes3 stackoverflow.com/questions/6152659/…
    – cbednarski
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 2:12
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    this answer is not working for brew installed nginx
    – vearutop
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 4:43
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    It seems to work for my brew installed nginx in 2019. Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 9:45
  • It doesn't work for my brew installed nginx.
    – SmallChess
    Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 20:01
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For a one-liner, you could just do:

sudo nginx -s reload

The -s options stands for signal, and is the option you'll use to send stop, quit, reopen and reload signals to nginx.

For more info on the options, just do nginx -h for a list of all of them and their functions.

Cheers!

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    This did not work for me so I had to actually do sudo nginx to get it to start. I think it had something to do with nginx already being stopped in my case.
    – james-see
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 17:40
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    Could you do sudo nginx -s reload || sudo nginx instead? Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 13:38
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for brew installation: sudo brew services restart nginx

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    This command dosn't work for me at all. I install nginx via brew...
    – kris_IV
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 18:37
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    @kris_IV what is the output?
    – dimaninc
    Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 8:29
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    after start: brew services restart nginx i get response: Stopping nginx... (might take a while) ==> Successfully stopped nginx` (label: homebrew.mxcl.nginx)` ==> Successfully started nginx` (label: homebrew.mxcl.nginx)`
    – kris_IV
    Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 11:32
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    @kris_IV and why do you think this command not working then? everything is fine according to your output
    – dimaninc
    Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 20:47
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    It looked good on brew services restart nginx
    – SmallChess
    Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 20:02
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sudo pkill nginx   
sudo nginx

If the pkill can't be found, then install it using brew install proctools first.

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    The above answers are much cleaner than this and enable nginx to stop gracefully.
    – Mike N
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 7:56
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    This came in handy when nginx started misbehaving and I couldn't kill it with sudo nginx -s quit or sudo -s reload
    – paperclip
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 11:34
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    This is the only thing that worked for me. Thank you.
    – A-Dubb
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 22:04
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If you are using brew:

To see all services:

brew services list

Start nginx service:

brew services start nginx

Stop nginx Service:

brew services stop nginx
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sudo nginx -s quit && sudo nginx

Checkout nginx guide

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    This does the job, but are you sure a proper shell script does not exist? This method is very raw.
    – asdmin
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 15:11
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    At least, this is the official documentation. For sure, I will follow the hereby solution also. Thank you. Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 9:55
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Using MAMP and Nginx? Then you have an installed script:

sudo /Applications/MAMP/bin/restartNginx.sh 
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Just another note, if you want to start nginx with launchctl, when your Mac boots up, you can do as follows:

sudo cp /usr/local/opt/nginx/*.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist

In short, you need to put your plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons, not in ~/Library/LaunchAgents like the Homebrew instructions. Finally, use the -w option with launchctl. For further information, follow this guide.

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If you installed nginx with brew and you started it as a service brew services start nginx then you can issue: brew services restart nginx

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