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LibreOffice 5.2.1 & 5.1.5 crashing after upgrading to macOS Sierra (10.12)

asked 2016-09-23 16:23:30 +0200

Blanksheet gravatar image

updated 2020-10-19 23:12:39 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image
  • MacBook Pro late 2011
  • macOS Sierra

Upgraded the OS to macOS Sierra and LO 5.2.1 crashed on startup with message application quit unexpectedly.

LO worked before the upgrade and all other programs are working fine with the new OS.

I downgraded LO to 5.1.5 and have the same problem.


Renaming the user folder to see if that would correct the problem, same results.

Installed LO 5.1.5 to see if that would resolve the issue. LO opened the first time I started the program and then crashed the next time with the above error message.

First part of the crash report from the 5.1.5 version installation:

Process:               soffice [831]
Path:                  /Applications/
Identifier:            org.libreoffice.script
Version:               5.1.5002 (5.1.5002)
Code Type:             X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process:        ??? [1]
Responsible:           soffice [831]
User ID:               501

Date/Time:             2016-09-21 10:44:45.709 -0400
OS Version:            Mac OS X 10.12 (16A323)
Report Version:        12
Anonymous UUID:        1243F49C-597B-4A22-4C0A-07CF2E4C5270

Time Awake Since Boot: 4700 seconds

System Integrity Protection: enabled

Crashed Thread:        0  Dispatch queue:

Exception Type:        EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes:       KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000000000000
Exception Note:        EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY

Termination Signal:    Segmentation fault: 11
Termination Reason:    Namespace SIGNAL, Code 0xb
Terminating Process:   exc handler [0]

Any suggestion on how to fix this?

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Alex Thurgood gravatar imageAlex Thurgood ( 2016-09-23 16:39:30 +0200 )edit

Someone is trying to work on a fix, but it doesn't appear to be working yet.

Alex Thurgood gravatar imageAlex Thurgood ( 2016-09-23 16:43:23 +0200 )edit

Anyone have any information on when an update will be released to fix the macOS Sierra problems ?

Will a patch be released or do we have to wait for the next release cycle?

Blanksheet gravatar imageBlanksheet ( 2016-10-03 22:46:33 +0200 )edit

Open a Terminal-Session and start it with /Applications/

works for me.

cd ~/Desktop ln -sf /Applications/ ./LibreOffice and as a workaround you should be able to start LO by double-click

Knut_HH gravatar imageKnut_HH ( 2016-11-14 00:06:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-05-27 05:48:31 +0200

MarjaE gravatar image

I mostly use NeoOffice due to my photosensitivity, but it would help to be able to use LibreOffice for certain functions. It does find/replace better.

I can open 5.2.2 by reopening it after the first crash - there is no second crash.

I can't open 5.2.3 and above. I've tested up to 5.3.3.

I haven't been able to fix this by switching color handling, or by switching LibreOffice settings, or by using power management options that don't even exist on my computer.

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answered 2017-11-13 21:55:26 +0200

DataCollector gravatar image

The installed version is LibreOffice is working for me; however, macOS High Sierra - nothing works for me, had to go back and reinstall Time Machine backup of macOS Sierra.

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