Postgres not running with Homebrew

postgres – Aug 29 2021

If you have the latest Apple M1 computer and you used homebrew to install postgres this quick tutorial might help you out.

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My new Apple M1 has sometimes restarted itself. As a result I have run into situations where I’m getting errors that I cannot connect to my Postgres on my laptop.

$ psql
psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory
Is the server running locally and accepting connections

If you used homebrew to install postgres you could try the following command to restart the server, but it might not work.

brew services restart postgresql

If you still cannot connect then you need to delete the PID.

Delete the PID

If you are using homebrew it looks like they have moved this in a different place on Apple M1 computers. Here is my path and the command I use in order to do so.

rm /opt/homebrew/var/postgres

Then restart the service

brew services restart postgresql


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