Fix Apps Crashing on M1 Pro/Max Mac After Migration Assistant or Monterey Update

Nov 8, 2021 - 22 Comments

Resolving apps crashing on Apple Silicon Mac

Some M1 Mac users may discover that apps like Steam, Minecraft, Lightburn, 0ad, Atom, Skype and any other Rosetta applications are crashing or unable to launch.

This issue seems to happen most often after using Migration Assistant to setup a new Mac, but it can also happen to some Apple Silicon Macs that have downgraded from MacOS Monterey back to Big Sur, or even updated to MacOS Monterey from macOS Big Sur. A common example is something like this; having used Migration Assistant to setup a new M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro from a previous gen M1 MacBook Pro, you may notice apps that ran fine before are suddenly all crashing on the new Mac.

The app crashing problem appears to happen only when attempting to open apps that use Rosetta, the translator that allows Intel apps to run on Apple Silicon architecture.

If you experience this issue, an app will fail to open and crash upon launch, and the error message will read something like the following:

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000001, 0x00007ff7ffc73af0
Termination Reason: SIGNAL 5 Trace/BPT trap: 5
Terminating Process: exc handler [31174]

Triggered by Thread: 0

Application Specific Information:
assertion failed [header->version <= kProjectSourceVersion]: runtime library is newer than runtime (Library.cpp:99 init)

The solution to fix the app crashing problem is rather straightforward; install Rosetta in macOS again.

The simplest way to reinstall Rosetta 2 is by opening the Terminal application, found via Spotlight (Command+Spacebar and typing Terminal), or by going the /Applications/Utilities/ folder, and then issuing the following command string:

/usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license

Hit Return to execute the command, and reinstall Rosetta on the Mac.

Once Rosetta has finished installing (again), try relaunching the apps, and they should work fine as expected again.

Have you experienced this error or problem? Did reinstalling Rosetta in macOS resolve the issue for you? Let us know your experiences in the comments.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Simon says:

    use this command in your shell, and then it works well /usr/sbin/softwareupdate –install-rosetta –agree-to-license

  2. Kai says:

    Thank you so much, Paul!
    Same issue when setup a new m2 mac mini from m1 macbook air via Migration Assistant.
    Reinstalling Rosetta works!

  3. El Espejero says:

    Thank you so much. An important Intel app was crashing sporadically on the launch after migration to newer M1 laptop. Reinstalling Rosetta indeed helped to make it running consistently.

  4. timlau says:

    it worked

  5. Dave says:

    You are my hero!

  6. loamy says:

    You sir are an absolute legend Paul Horowitz! Worked first time, I was starting to despair!

  7. Digital Schools says:

    what a gem of a solution – i thought i’d have to spend several hours in chat with apple tech support – I’d already emailed the software developers to ask why theirs apps were not allowing me to install them,,,

    I Had installed latest Ventura OS and found that my G-technology external raid drives would not function – advised by western digital to revert back to Monterey – and so the fun began –

    Your re-install of Rosetta has fixed my issues 100%


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  9. Maik says:

    Thanks mate, you saved me a lot of time! Great work!

  10. 333degen says:

    Thanks for the help but unfortunately the command does not work for me. I keep getting

    Installing Rosetta 2 on this system is not supported.

    Even though I am using an M1Pro

    any help would be appreciated.

  11. Simon says:

    My error gave me this, even after the rosetta 2 update:

    Application Specific Information:
    rosetta error: /var/db/oah/223263137464320_223263137464320/caada7deb22e350b259214e67b2eaa30c715690d3c4a500b4cde14f8335475cf/WhatsApp.aot: attachment of code signature supplement failed: 1

    Whsat shall I do to launch?

  12. Isobel Middleton says:

    Thank you so much! You have saved me from what was becoming a nightmare. I downgraded from Monterey to Big Sur (as I could not detect any external drives via my USB hub) and many apps failed to install or launch ever since. I was particularly having issues re-installing Total AV and WhatsApp but your clear instructions as to how to re-install Rosetta have done the trick. What a relief. Many thanks.

  13. Andrew McLaughlin says:

    I’m having this problem with my New MacBook Air, two days old lol. Zoom, Skype are the two I’ve noticed not working. Will try your suggestion and be back with an update.

  14. Joss Gardner says:

    Hi. Did re-installing Rosetta and applications still won’t boot up. Here is a excerpt from the crash report for Pastello Pro app if you understand it:
    Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

    Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)
    Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x00007ff85b849350
    Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x00007ff85b849350
    Exception Note: EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY

    Termination Reason: Namespace SIGNAL, Code 10 Bus error: 10
    Terminating Process: exc handler [1229]

  15. Miguel Maio says:

    I had this issue with macOS 12.0 migrating from a MacBook Air M1 to a MacBook Pro M1 Pro. After reinstall (Teams, for instance) didn’t work (neither the Installer). Run this command and all went back to normal. Thanks, this advice saved me lots of hours.

  16. Chris VS says:

    thanks a ton. That worked.

  17. emily says:

    i tried this and my apps still arent working

  18. Paul S. Enns says:

    Haven’t gotten my new laptop yet, but I will definitely keep this in mind if I have trouble. Thanks!

  19. Chris Suddes says:

    Thanks for that fix – I migrated from M1 to M1 pro and half my apps weren’t working. Fixed now thanks to you!

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