Atom 1.28.0 crashes on macOS 10.10.x or lower with "dyld" error


Just turned on my computer and Atom suddenly won’t start up. It was working fine last night. I’m on OS X 10.0 Yosemite.

Attempting to start the application gives me the standard OS “Atom cannot be opened because of a problem.” error dialog. The full error is as follows:

Process:               Atom [688]
Path:                  /Applications/
Identifier:            com.github.atom
Version:               ???
Code Type:             X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process:        ??? [1]
Responsible:           Atom [688]
User ID:               501

Date/Time:             2018-06-24 10:16:12.507 +0100
OS Version:            Mac OS X 10.10.5 (14F27)
Report Version:        11
Anonymous UUID:        F9F23241-E288-5279-7994-16C977BCE187

Time Awake Since Boot: 1000 seconds

Crashed Thread:        0

Exception Type:        EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000

Application Specific Information:
dyld: launch, loading dependent libraries

Dyld Error Message:
  Symbol not found: _CIDetectorTypeText
  Referenced from: /Applications/ Framework.framework/Electron Framework
  Expected in: /System/Library/Frameworks/QuartzCore.framework/Versions/A/QuartzCore
 in /Applications/ Framework.framework/Electron Framework

Binary Images:
       0x106c0e000 -        0x106c1afff (1.0 - 376.29) <6341E873-19A4-3937-8D59-182F8720FC2C> /System/Library/Frameworks/StoreKit.framework/Versions/A/StoreKit
~~~ snipped due to post character limit ~~~

I’ve deleted ~/.atom to no avail. Running atom --safe from terminal gives me this error.

LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed for the application /Applications/ with error -10810.

I’ve tried downloading and reinstalling the application and am still getting the same issue.

Any help would be appreciated!

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No idea, but you could see if the beta works:


Looks like folks have run into this error on macOS 10.10.x and 10.9.x with Atom 1.28 - you can subscribe here for updates:

I think you’ll likely hit the same error on the beta but if you see any difference let us know.


i’ve the same problem!

can somebody help?


If you’re hitting this issue (i.e. you’re running macOS 10.10.x or lower and you’re seeing an error message similar to the one described in, you can install Atom 1.27.2 and turn off auto-updating as described in

Feel free to subscribe to and the team will share more details as we get them.

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Thank you @rsese for the reply. Looks like the downgrading instructions will work so will try that.



Oh also, if anyone has a moment to test things out, see David’s comment here:

Edit: no need for this testing :point_up: anymore, thanks to anyone that helped :bow:


FYI for those not subscribed to the issue, if you’ve been hitting this specific problem, it’s been fixed in the 1.28.1 release. Don’t forget to re-enable auto-updating if you turned that setting off.