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.

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Got the same super problematic crashing problem. Mac Book Air 2020 Mac 10.15.4 (19E287) with Ultimate:

IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1.1 (Ultimate Edition)
Build #IU-201.7223.91, built on April 30, 2020
VM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
macOS 10.15.4
GC: ParNew, ConcurrentMarkSweep
Memory: 3005M
Cores: 8
Non-Bundled Plugins: org.jetbrains.kotlin, com.intellij.plugins.html.instantEditing


Using Java installed with My work is halted with super annoying crashes (today within 3 hours already 5 times), either just IntelliJ crashes, or the complete Mac with power off. Looking forward to a fast fix of this. thank you!

The workaround described is too mystic for me. What's JBR? How can I "not break" my Java setup? Please elaborate a bit more.

Update: tried the workaround to install 

  • Patched JBR 8 version." 

but this did not work. Crashed again now.

Edited by Jonaut80
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It's a new issue that is unrelated to the problem described in this document. Please follow for updates.

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I've been using MBP and OSX Catalina for a few months.

I recently upgraded IntelliJ to 2020.1.1 and the high-CPU symptom started happening a few days ago.

I also just downgraded back to 2019.3.5 and now everything is good, again.

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I'm using macbook air 2020 and I crash with intelliJ 2020 ultimate. pls fix it

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Twopee26 The issue you have is not related to the one described in this document. A couple of posts above yours there was a link to the new issue:

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@Dennis @Julien there is an existing issue about MacBook Air 2020 crashes (most likely a hardware bug): JBR-2310

Edited by Andrey Dernov

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