Help! Atom opens with invisible UI except for window shadows

This picture explains it pretty well. I can see the shadow around the window, but no contents.

Let me clarify about the “Clean install”:

  • I installed Atom a couple of years ago, and I don’t remember how. It was a little slow, so I kept using Sublime Text every day.
  • I decided to try it again, and the old installation did what you see here: Opened with no window contents visible.
  • I tried to uninstall by looking for and deleting the following
  • /Applications/
  • ~/.atom
  • /Library/Application Support/Atom
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Atom
  • Restarted my MacBook Pro
  • Then I downloaded a fresh zip of the Mac app from
  • Unzipped, dragged to Applications, and opened it.
  • No change at all. smh

So, I’d love to love this editor, but I’m having a hard time. Any help? Could I possibly uninstall it any harder? Are there known conflicts other software? I use homebrew and npm, and may have a different directory configured, or version that’s different from Atom’s expectation.

Googling “OS X invisible windows” reveals a variety of results, so my initial guess is that this is not an Atom problem.

One additional thing to try is to launch from the terminal using atom --clear-window-state. Additionally, you may want to check the Debugging section of the Atom Flight Manual:

Not sure if exactly the same problem, but zooming seems to help: