I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?

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For most of the "services" (called Daemons or Agents documented by Apple here and here) you can check:

In terminal: $ sudo launchctl list

For example only MySQL you can filter the output of the command above, like sudo launchctl list | grep -i mysql. Note -i is to make the filter case insensitive.

These also can be controlled with a GUI examples are Lingon and Launch Control.

There are some other "services", that will install themselves in:


For those, there is a command like $ ps -ef |grep /Library/StartupItems to view whether it is loaded and running. But there isn't a generic mechanism to stop, start or restart.

In which category your MySQL installation falls is impossible to say, as your question is lacking details on what exactly you have installed, what its source is, how it was installed, etcetera.

  • Manually deleting files from /Library/StartupItems folder worked Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 23:51

The application "Activity Monitor" is located in /Applications/Utilities and will display all processes similar to the Unix command 'top'.

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    Note: By default it'll only show processes you own. You should switch it to show all processes in the View menu.
    – Alexander
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 19:11
  • This is not a valid answer. OP is asking for a list "corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows". The Activity Monitor and top simply show the currently running processes. A process like Chrome and a service like sshd are very different and the essence of the question. Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 10:09

No, cat concatenates or displays /dev/null which is the bit bucket or nothing so cat /dev/null shows me nothing.

Try ps -ef on the command line. This will show you process status everything full

To just see MySQL run

ps -ef | grep -i mysql

you can use top in the terminal in osx… I am surprised there is no command line service manager in osx. Wow!

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    Doesn't cat /dev/null show you all windows services that run on OS X?
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 20:28

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