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sqlstate[hy000] [2002] connection refused

Hey everyone,

I'm facing an issue and I hope someone can help me out. I keep getting the following error: "SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Connection refused". I am completely clueless about what's causing it and how to fix it.

Here's a bit of context: I'm currently working on a web application that involves connecting to a MySQL database. I'm using PHP to handle the database operations. However, whenever I try to establish a connection to the database using the necessary credentials (host, port, username, password), I receive the mentioned error.

I have double-checked all the connection details and they seem to be correct. I even tried connecting to the database using a different client and it worked perfectly fine. This makes me think that there might be an issue with my code or configuration.

I'm using a local development environment on my macOS machine with XAMPP installed. The MySQL server is running on the same machine. I've tried restarting the server, as well as restarting my machine, but the error persists.

I would greatly appreciate any guidance or suggestions on how to troubleshoot and resolve this error. If there's any additional information or specific logs you need to assist me better, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hey folks,

I had encountered a similar problem a while back, and I wanted to share my experience in tackling the "SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Connection refused" error. I hope it proves useful to those facing the same issue.

When I faced this error, it turned out that my MySQL service was not running. To verify this, you can open your command prompt or terminal and enter the command "service mysql status" (for Linux) or "net start mysql" (for Windows) to check the status or start the service, if necessary.

If the service is running but you're still unable to connect, it could be due to an incorrectly configured MySQL server or issues with your MySQL client settings. Ensure that the host, port, username, and password you are using to connect are accurate.

Sometimes, the issue can also be related to server load or resource constraints. In my case, restarting the MySQL service helped alleviate this problem. You can try executing the command "service mysql restart" (Linux) or "net stop mysql" followed by "net start mysql" (Windows) to restart the service.

Another aspect to consider is network connectivity. Make sure that your machine can reach the MySQL server. Try pinging the server's IP address to verify connectivity.

Furthermore, verify if your MySQL server allows remote connections. By default, MySQL may listen to connections only on the local loopback interface. You might need to update the MySQL configuration file (usually "my.cnf" or "my.ini") to allow remote connections by modifying the "bind-address" parameter.

Lastly, don't forget to check your firewall settings. The firewall might be blocking the connections to the MySQL server. Ensure that the necessary ports (typically 3306 for MySQL) are open or add an exception for the MySQL service.

I hope these suggestions help you in resolving the "Connection refused" error. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!

Best regards,
[Your Name]


Hey there,

I had a similar issue a while back, and I managed to resolve it. Let me share my experience and see if it helps you out.

First, double-check that the MySQL server is actually running on your machine. Sometimes, it might stop unexpectedly or fail to start due to configuration issues. You can try accessing the MySQL server via the command line to verify this.

If the server is running fine, another aspect to consider is the firewall settings on your machine. Sometimes, the firewall may be blocking the incoming connection requests. You might want to check if the port you're using to connect to the MySQL server (usually port 3306) is open in the firewall.

Additionally, make sure that the MySQL server is configured to allow remote connections, especially if you are trying to connect from a different machine. You can check the "bind-address" configuration in the MySQL configuration file and set it to either "" or the IP address of your machine.

Another possibility could be that the MySQL server is configured to only listen to connections on the local loopback interface. In this case, you may need to explicitly enable it to listen on all interfaces. You can modify the "bind-address" configuration in the MySQL config file accordingly.

If none of these solutions work, it's worth checking the MySQL error logs. They can provide valuable information regarding the connection issue. You can usually find these logs in the MySQL installation directory, and the specific file to look for depends on your operating system.

I hope one of these suggestions helps you in resolving the connection refused error. Let me know if you need further assistance or clarification on anything. Good luck!

Best regards,
[Your Name]


Howdy everyone,

I recently encountered the same error and managed to solve it after some troubleshooting. Allow me to share my experience and offer some suggestions that might help you fix the "SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Connection refused" issue.

Firstly, ensure that the MySQL service is running on your machine. Sometimes, it might crash or fail to start due to various reasons. You can check the status of the service by running the command "systemctl status mysql" (for Linux) or "sc query mysql" (for Windows).

If the service is running fine, another aspect to consider is the connection parameters you're using in your code. Double-check the hostname, port, username, and password you're providing for the connection. Even a small typo can cause the connection to be refused.

Next, it's worth verifying if you can connect to the MySQL server using a different client tool, such as phpMyAdmin or MySQL Workbench. This will help determine if the connection issue lies within your code or the server configuration. If the external client can connect successfully, it suggests a problem with your code setup.

In some cases, the error might be related to network or firewall settings. Ensure that the MySQL port (usually 3306) is open and accessible both in your local machine's firewall and any network-level firewalls. Try temporarily disabling these firewalls or adding an exception rule if needed.

Another possibility is that the MySQL server might be listening on a different port than the default 3306. Verify if the server is configured to use a non-standard port and update your connection parameters accordingly.

Lastly, if you're attempting to connect from a remote machine, check the MySQL server settings to allow remote connections. You may need to update the "bind-address" configuration in the MySQL server configuration file.

I hope these suggestions help you troubleshoot and resolve the connection refused error. If you have any further questions or need more assistance, feel free to ask. Good luck!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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