Hi, I just installed Local on my Mac with OS El Capitan 10.11.6 and I keep getting the error message: This site cannot be reached. EER_CONNECTION_REFUSED

I used Preferred setup.

I cannot find an answer to this on here, please help.


Hi Vaughn,

Sorry for the trouble!

Have you tried restarting the site?

Also, can you please check your /etc/hosts file and make sure it includes the entries necessary for Local? Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Enter cat /etc/hosts
  3. Copy and paste the output here. If you have sensitive info in the /etc/hosts file, feel free to private message it to me.

Here is the output from doing that.

Last login: Wed Jan 17 09:29:59 on ttys000

Vaughns-iMac:~ horne$ cat /etc/hosts


It looks like your hosts file is empty. I would recommend restoring it to the defaults.

Here’s how you can do so:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Enter sudo nano /etc/hosts
  3. Copy and paste the contents from below into the Terminal window
  4. Press Ctrl + X then Y
  5. Re-open Local and restart the site with issues
# Host Database
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.
##	localhost	broadcasthost
::1             localhost