FIX: Safari Crashes on StartUp

There is a pretty decent chance that at any given point during their use of the Safari browser on an Apple Mac, the average person may encounter an issue where Safari keeps crashing on them as soon as they start it up. As Safari is the resident internet browser for Mac computers, the program crashing every time it is opened can be a monstrosity of a problem. In almost all cases, Safari crashing on startup has something to do with the program’s files being corrupted, damaged or compromised in another way. The following are the three solutions that have proven to be extremely effective at fixing this issue for Mac users who have suffering from the Safari crashing on startup problem in the past:

Safari Crashes on Startup

Solution 1: Delete certain Safari files from your Library

Quit

Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select Force quit.

In the window that opens, select Safari and click on Return.

Close the window.

Hold down the Option key, and while doing so, click on Go > Library.

Use the Finder menu bar to locate and delete all of the following items from the Library It is completely okay if some of these items don’t exist in your case.

Caches/com.apple.Safari

Caches/com.apple.Safari.SearchHelper

Caches/com.apple.SafariServices

Caches/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess

Caches/com.apple.WebProcess

Caches/Metadata/Safari

Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginHost.plist

Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess.plist

Saved Application State/com.apple.Safari.savedState

Once the items listed above have been deleted, open Safari, and it should no longer crash on startup.

Solution 2: Move certain Safari files out of their default location

Quit Safari

Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select Force quit.

In the window that opens, select Safari and click on Return.

Close the window.

Hold down the Option key, and while doing so, click on Go > Library.

Move the following items from the Library folder to an easily accessible destination (the Desktop – for example). It is completely alright if some of the following items don’t exist in your case.

Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies

Internet Plug-Ins

Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.Safari……..plist

Preferences/com.apple.Safari.Extensions.plist

Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist

Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

Preferences/com.apple.WebFoundation.plist

PubSub/Database

Safari (Not the application – a folder named Safari).

SyncedPreferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

Once you have moved the items listed above, all of your Safari extensions will be removed, your bookmarks will be deleted and your settings and preferences will be reset. However, Safari will no longer crash on startup.

If you decide to reinstall the Safari extensions that you lost, make sure that you reinstall them one by one as to make sure that you do not reinstall the extension that was causing your Safari to crash in the first place. Also, if you want to restore the bookmarks that you lost, simply open Safari, go to File > Import bookmarks, navigate to the file named Bookmarks.plist in the Safari folder that is now located on your Desktop (or wherever you moved it) and import your lost bookmarks. Once this is done, you can delete all of the items you previously moved.

Solution 3: Delete all the files in the Safari folder in the Library

Quit Safari.

Go to User > Library > Safari.

Delete all of the files in the Safari Don’t worry as deleting the files in this folder will not create any more Safari-related problems. However, deleting the file in the Safari folder will cause all your bookmarks to be deleted and Safari settings and preferences to be nullified and reverted to their factory defaults.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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