I installed Redis via brew install redis and attempted to add it as a service via:

ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/redis/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents
launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.redis.plist

These didn't generate any errors; however, it appears that Redis does not start. If I run redis-cli ping, I get back Could not connect to Redis at Connection refused.

I can manually run redis-server in another terminal window, but I'd like to have Redis auto-start on login.

I also tried uninstalling Redis, reinstalling it, and using brew services to manage services (brew services works fine for me with the installations of MongoDB and Cassandra).

I haven't seen others having this problem so I'm not sure how to diagnose. If anyone has any advice, much appreciated!

3 Answers 3


make sure you've tapped the services first:

brew tap homebrew/services

then try:

brew services [start/stop/restart] redis

you can also start and stop redis with:

sudo launchctl start io.redis.redis-server

sudo launchctl stop io.redis.redis-server

to make your life easier, you can add aliases for these commands to your .bash_profile.

alias redisstart='sudo launchctl start io.redis.redis-server'
alias redisstop='sudo launchctl stop io.redis.redis-server'

then you can just start and stop redis by typing redisstart and redisstop.

another way you can go about this is adding redis as a background service:

sudo vim /Library/LaunchDaemons/io.redis.redis-server.plist

then copy and paste the following into the file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
  • Won't this run redis as root? Is that a good idea in a production environment?
    – BM5k
    Apr 14, 2016 at 4:23
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    This is for local dev. I mean, who has an Xserve really?
    – selfagency
    Apr 16, 2016 at 3:37
  • long live the mac mini server!
    – BM5k
    Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.redis.plist
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    – HBruijn
    Nov 25, 2015 at 10:37

You may have edited the conf file to daemonize redis when you used to start redis manually before. Check it and change daemonize to no, then retry brew services

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