IDE crashes on MacOS 10.15 Catalina


  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina is installed.

  • PhpStorm or any other IDE crashes with the following error in java_error_in_<product>_<PID>.log:

    # Problematic frame:
    # C  [CoreGraphics+0x195930]  


HarfBuzz library is used by JDK in text layout. The library is interacting with Cocoa API in a way which is causing the crash on MacOS 10.15 Catalina.


Replace JBR with the patched one using the switcher:

If the IDE could not be started use the following method to change JBR (this example is for IntelliJ IDEA):

sudo tar -C /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/ -xvf jbrsdk-8u212-osx-x64-b1596.tar.gz
echo /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk > ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea2019.1/idea.jdk

See this document for more details about overriding the default runtime via the "<product>.jdk" file.

Examples for PyCharm, RubyMine, PhpStorm and WebStorm products (2019.1.x version):

echo /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk > ~/Library/Preferences/PyCharm2019.1/pycharm.jdk
echo /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk > ~/Library/Preferences/RubyMine2019.1/rubymine.jdk
echo /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk > ~/Library/Preferences/PhpStorm2019.1/phpstorm.jdk
echo /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk > ~/Library/Preferences/WebStorm2019.1/webstorm.jdk

Additional details regarding the problem are described in the scope of this YouTrack ticket.


As the IDE stays 2sec before closing, I tried the terminal step but it didnt worked. It just created a file called "PhpStorm2019.jdk" in ~/Library/Preferences/PhpStorm2019.1 but I don't see how to link it with JBR folder

Edited by Jeremie Lachkar

See for the details. You just put the path to the JBR installation directory into that file. Note that <product> for PhpStorm would be just "phpstorm", so the file name would be "phpstorm.jdk".


Created file "phpstorm.jdk", placed it into /Users/myname/Library/Preferences/PhpStorm2019.1/ and wrote into it /Users/myname/Downloads/jdk (root path of the JBR8 extracted), restarted IDE but still doesn't work ...


Try running PhpStorm from the Terminal to see which JDK is chosen and why:


Thank you for your answers. The commands give this :

2019-07-16 20:38:25.995 phpstorm[1183:32154] allVms required 1.8*,1.8+

2019-07-16 20:38:25.997 phpstorm[1183:32154] Found Java Virtual Machines:

2019-07-16 20:38:25.997 phpstorm[1183:32154] /Applications/

2019-07-16 20:38:25.997 phpstorm[1183:32154] Required VMs: 1.8*,1.8+

2019-07-16 20:38:25.997 phpstorm[1183:32154] Chosen VM:

2019-07-16 20:38:25.998 phpstorm[1183:32154] /Applications/

2019-07-16 20:38:25.999 phpstorm[1183:32162] Value of PHPSTORM_VM_OPTIONS is (null)

2019-07-16 20:38:25.999 phpstorm[1183:32162] fullFileName is: /Applications/

2019-07-16 20:38:25.999 phpstorm[1183:32162] fullFileName exists: /Applications/

2019-07-16 20:38:25.999 phpstorm[1183:32162] Processing VMOptions file at /Applications/

2019-07-16 20:38:26.000 phpstorm[1183:32162] Reading at /Applications/ OK

2019-07-16 20:38:26.000 phpstorm[1183:32162] Done


Please submit a ticket to support with the logs directory attached so that we can investigate it further.


Sorry that was my fault, thank you this workaround works !! :) 


Thanks for the workaround, its not crashing (that often) now. 

Crashing alot while: copy/paste file to a folder / having power safe mode off


Running into the same problem with AppCode 2019.2 beta (latest version) on Catalina public beta 4.

Launching AppCode with `IDEA_LAUNCHER_DEBUG=true` from the command line reveals:

$ ~/Library/Application\ Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode\ 2019.2\

2019-07-18 19:49:07.204 appcode[29358:669705] allVms required 1.8*,1.8+
2019-07-18 19:49:07.205 appcode[29358:669705] Found Java Virtual Machines:
2019-07-18 19:49:07.205 appcode[29358:669705] /Users/stuart/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode 2019.2
2019-07-18 19:49:07.205 appcode[29358:669705] Required VMs: 1.8*,1.8+
2019-07-18 19:49:07.205 appcode[29358:669705] Chosen VM:
2019-07-18 19:49:07.205 appcode[29358:669705] /Users/stuart/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode 2019.2
2019-07-18 19:49:07.207 appcode[29358:669713] Value of APPCODE_VM_OPTIONS is (null)
2019-07-18 19:49:07.207 appcode[29358:669713] Processing VMOptions file at /Users/stuart/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode 2019.2
2019-07-18 19:49:07.207 appcode[29358:669713] Reading at /Users/stuart/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode 2019.2 OK
2019-07-18 19:49:07.208 appcode[29358:669713] Done
Error occurred during initialization of VM
**Could not find agent library yjpagent on the library path, with error: dlopen(libyjpagent.dylib, 1): image not found**

The solution (for me, at least) was to delete the line:

`-agentlib:yjpagent=probe_disable=*,disablealloc,disabletracing,onlylocal,disableexceptiontelemetry,delay=10000,sessionname=AppCode2019.1` from

from `/Users/stuart/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/AppCode/ch-1/192.5728.22/AppCode 2019.2`


Edited by Stuartro

@Stuartro, your case is not related to the problem described in this document. Profiler agent was moved to a different location and your .vmoptions file was not adjusted. It looks like the issue is caused by the Toolbox settings migration, our team will investigate it, thanks for the report.


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