The Homebrew package manager includes launchctl plists to start automatically. For more information run brew info postgres.

Start manually:

pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres start

Stop manually:

pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres stop

Start automatically:

"To have launchd start postgresql now and restart at login:"

brew services start postgresql


What is the result of pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres -l /usr/local/var/postgres/server.log start?

What is the result of pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres status?

Are there any error messages in the server.log?

Make sure tcp localhost connections are enabled in pg_hba.conf:

# IPv4 local connections:
host    all             all             127.0.0.1/32            trust

Check the listen_addresses and port in postgresql.conf:

egrep 'listen|port' /usr/local/var/postgres/postgresql.conf

#listen_addresses = 'localhost'     # what IP address(es) to listen on;
#port = 5432                # (change requires restart)

Cleaning up

Postgres was most likely installed via Homebrew, Fink, MacPorts or the EnterpriseDB installer.

Check the output of the following commands to determine which package manager it was installed with:

brew && brew list|grep postgres
fink && fink list|grep postgres
port && port installed|grep postgres