On Mac: LibreOffice keeps crashing

MacBook Pro (early 2015)
macOS Monterey 12.2.1
LibreOffice 7.3.0.3

Over the last few weeks it has become increasingly difficult to work with LibreOffice on my computer. It crashes every few hours, yes even after working with it for a few minutes. I mostly work with LO Calc and LO Writer, and it crashes after doing what seem to be ordinary tasks (entering data, doing copy-paste, etc.), even with very basic (and small) files containing no special formatting at all (no Comments, Track Changes are off, etc.). Sometimes it is enough to simply open a file or create a new one from scratch – and there comes the Spinning Wheel, and I have to Force Quit.

I can’t remember whether this strange behaviour started after updating to LO 7.3.0.3 or after upgrading to Monterey.

Steps that I have taken to resolve the problem:

  • reset user profile
  • restart in safe mode, disable hardware acceleration
  • provide full disk access

Under Preferences > View, skia is disabled.

Each of these steps has helped for some time, but after a few days the crashing has begun again, so I redo any of the above steps. But repeating these steps becomes arduous, especially when you realise the crashing will continue. – What more can I do?

I should mention that I have several instances of LO stored on my computer, in addition to 7.3.0.3 (such as 7.1.6.2, 7.1.7.2, and 7.1.8.1) simply to be able to revert to an older version if necessary.

What more can I do?

If I were you, I would check the hardware with the tools provided by the operating system.
In any case, make a data backup beforehand.

Thank you. I’ve now run Apple Diagnostics, and I am told “No issues found.”

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Meanwhile, I have updated to LibreOffice 7.3.1.3. The crashing continues. Even if I use 7.2.5.2, LO crashes.

I keep resetting my user profile, restarting LO in safe mode, etc. How can I pin down the problem causing the crashes?

Did you check the

System Requirements.

Installation Instructions

First steps

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Thank you. I’ve checked the System Requirements again, and I think everything should be OK (except perhaps the last point?):

  • macOS 10.12 or newer
    • running macOS 12.3 now
  • Intel or Apple silicon processor (via Rosetta - native Apple silicon support is being developed)
    • 3.1 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
  • 512 MB RAM
    • 16 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
  • Up to 800 MB available hard disk space
    • 577.88 GB available of 1 TB
  • 1024x768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)
    • Don’t know; what I can find is “Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB”

Also, I’ve updated Java and am now running Java SE Development Kit 17.0.2:

I’ll now again reset the user profile, restart in safe mode, etc. (see original post) to see whether there is an improvement.

The crashing continues, so I’ve created a bug report tdf#148051 , frankly not knowing what else to do.

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The TDF Wiki describes that a parallel installation of different versions of LibreOffice is basically possible. The procedure differs depending on the operating system and for Linux also depending on the package system. Did you follow the instructions for a parallel installation of different versions of LibreOffice under macOS?

:link: Installing several versions of LibreOffice in parallel on macOS

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Thank you for the link! I’m afraid I hadn’t followed these instructions for installing multiple versions. So what I’ll do now is uninstall all LO versions and then do a fresh install of the latest one, and see whether things improve.

I’ve now uninstalled all LO versions from my computer by going to Finder → Applications, and I also deleted the folders under Library/Application Support (to make sure no user profile survives), restarted the computer, and installed LO 7.3.1.3, so this is the only version of LO running.

I renamed the app “LibreOffice_7313.app”, started LO and did some minimal changes in the Preferences:

  • Advanced: Java Options > 17.0.2
  • Language Settings, Writing Aids: all Options off
  • Writer:
    • Auto Correct Options: turn off ALL
    • View: Formatting marks on
    • User Interface: Tabbed compact

I then quit LO, restarted it again, created a Writer document, and started writing (quickly). The spinning wheel occurred and I had to force quit.

I have saved the report.

For what it is worth, I have no issues with 7.2.5 on Catalina with a MacBook Air, but it doesn’t see very heavy use, either.

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I’m not sure if it’s wise to rename the app if there is only one LibreOffice installation on the machine at the time of renaming. It might have been better if you had first tested the new installation as shipped from TDF.

The article I linked above describes two procedures, the Old Method and the New Method. If I understood you correctly, you used the old method. The old method does not seem to work for LibreOffice versions 3.4.x and later. The new method involves setting up a so-called Start Script to easily use a different user profile directory for each version of LibreOffice.

Good idea to leave the app name unchanged. So I again fully deleted LO and reinstalled it, not changing the name this time. After working in a Writer document, while doing some Find & Replace, LO crashed again within less than ten minutes. So the file name of the app does not seem to be at the root of the problem.
As for the method I used to run parallel versions of LO, I must confess using the Start Script is beyond my capabilites. But as it has now turned out, LO crashes even if there are no multiple versions running.

I noticed that in the English and German language forum of Ask LibreOffice, several macOS Monterey users report unexplained program crashes. Perhaps this misbehavior is simply due to one or more of the notorious peculiarities of macOS Monterey in interaction with LibreOffice. Since I, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your point of view, still use macOS Catalina for hardware-related reasons, I can neither verify nor confirm these reports. However, it could well be that you as a user can do little more than wait for Apple to fix the corresponding underlying bugs.

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I don’t know Macs–at all–and I can no more read black print on a white background in terminal than a frog can see a fly that isn’t moving :slight_smile:, but if you open a terminal session and launch LO using open Libreoffice.app or whatever, will you see error messages in terminal?

No, if I open LO from the Terminal, LO opens (without error message).

But if, after a crash, I open LO the normal way, an error report (or crash report) is generated. I have uploaded one of these here: https://bug-attachments.documentfoundation.org/attachment.cgi?id=178950

I have the exact same issue as jeshkol on Mac, tried all the fixes he suggests, nothing has worked just like for him, it has made libreoffice unusable for me, without a doubt in my view was triggered by the last few monterey updates

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Please add your voice here: #148051#c9

hello, fyi, i reverted back to version 7.0.0.1 over the past 10 days or so and have not experienced any crashes, however that version seems to have an issue with JRE and I cannot assign macros to shortcuts

fyi, so in a foolish burst of optimism, I upgraded to LO 7.3.2
I opened a blank spreadsheet, filled it with random numbers and as soon as I tried to do one copy-paste, the spinning wheel appeared and it has since been hung for 20mn… so issue is still there, for what it’s worth, though I cannot demonstrate it factually, it seems to me that 90%+ of the time, the wheel pops when I try a cut/copy-paste (ctrl-C/X-Ctrl-V)

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