Solving MySQL error with Laravel Valet on macOS Ventura

After updating to macOS Ventura, everything seemed to be fine with my Laravel Valet (v4.1.2) setup, but after restarting / doing some other thing which screwed everything, I couldn’t connect to the database properly.

I tried everything.

In the end how I fixed it was abandoning MariaDB (& removing all any any traces of it), dumping the my.cnf file in /opt/homebrew/etc and install MySQL v8.0.33 via homebrew.

How much of that was really necessary, I’m not sure, but the key step was deleting the my.cnf file in /opt/homebrew/etc.

Until then the brew install mysql would continually fail at the last step on the brew postinstall mysql step.

(When I tried it ignore this step I would constantly bump into an ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) error).

In case it was relevant, I also completely removed Laravel Valet – valet uninstall force – and only re-installed it after I was sure MySQL was OK.

I also switched to using PHP v8.0 locally (as that’s what I’m running all my sites on right now anyway) before doing the valet install (including the initial composer install).

EDIT #1: Here’s what the my.cnf file looked like once it was working again:

# Default Homebrew MySQL server config
# Only allow connections from localhost
bind-address =
mysqlx-bind-address =

EDIT #2: Found similar solution here