This document is for Red's development version, which can be significantly different from previous releases. If you're a regular user, you should read the Red documentation for the current stable release.

Setting up auto-restart on Mac

Creating the plist file

Start by activating your venv. Then run the following command:

which python

Copy the output of that command.

Now run sudo nano /Library/LaunchDaemons/red.plist

Paste the following and replace the following:

  • username (but not UserName) with your Mac username

  • path with the path you copied earlier

  • instance-name with your instance name:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">


You may add any additional arguments you need to add to the redbot command by adding them to the end of the array under ProgramArguments


Should you need to set up auto-restart for additional bots, create a .plist file for each bot under a different file name, and use the respective file names for the commands below.

Save and exit ctrl + O; enter; ctrl + x

Starting and loading the plist

To start the bot and set it to start on boot, you must run the following command:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/red.plist

If you need to shutdown the bot, you can use the [p]shutdown command or type the following command in the terminal:

sudo launchctl stop red

To start the bot again after a shutdown, run the following:

sudo launchctl start red

To stop the bot and set it to not start on boot anymore, run the following:

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/red.plist

To view Red’s log, run the following (red_out.log is for the console output, and red_err.log for the error logs):

nano /tmp/red_out.log
nano /tmp/red_err.log