How to restart the database "Error Establishing a Database Connection"?

Posted December 10, 2019 4.4k views

Hello everyone,

My website is currently down and here is the massage: “Error Establishing a Database Connection” - here is the screenshot:

I`m not pretty sure this command will work or not to fix it: sudo systemctl start mysql

I`am afraid to broke something and will appreciate any help.


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Hello, @mrinsta

I can see that the website is now loading fine. Could you please let us know what was the exact issue here and how you were able to solve it?

You need to make sure that MySQL/MariaDB is running before further checking the site for other errors. If MySQL/MariaDB is running then you would need to further investigate the problem.

Usually it’s good to check the Nginx/Apache error log for further details and to double check the database credentials and make sure that they’re working fine.


Hello, request you to refer to below link, which would help you in troubleshooting the Database error:

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Sri Charan

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