How to restart Plesk on CentOS / RHEL / Linux


I had always assumed that to restart Plesk, all that was necessary was the following command:

service psa restart

However, since Plesk is in charge of a multitude of services that’s not enough.

Instead, we should be using

Or if the service command isn’t working for you, you can call the script directly via

This command will stop (and hopefully start) the following services:

And there I was pulling my hair out asking why the mail service wasn’t working. I like it when solutions are simple.

Thanks to 1&1 server support for this tip 😉

Jay is the CEO and founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or draw on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at and

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