Crash on Automatic Crash Recovery when choose Do Not Recover

Mac El Capitan, OS 10.11.5, Audacity 2.0.2. (Don’t know if I obtained .dmg installer or zip.) Every time I open Audacity, I get the Automatic Crash Recovery message. When I choose Do Not Recover, Audacity crashes. Therefore I have to choose Recover Projects and then click OK on 2 Error messages before I can continue using Audacity. Would like to be able to stop this from happening so I don’t have to do this overtime.

Really Audacity 2.0.2?


Koz, when I click on About Audacity, it says 2.0.2. Am I looking at the wrong thing?

Not at all. Posting the wrong Audacity version number by accident is very common. The version I’m using is 2.1.2.

Take us back before this. Did Audacity crash during a production? Audacity doesn’t usually make up messages like that.

I can believe the laptop ran out of battery and damaged both the show and pieces of Audacity during shutdown. Did you restart the machine anywhere in this dance and which machine is it? I’m typing on a MacBook Pro 15".


2.0.2 was written long before Apple even thought of El Capitan or Sierra. You should update to Audacity 2.1.2 from


If you don’t want to recover that project, recover it, then File > Close and do not Save Changes, which should delete the temporary data and the AUTOSAVE file Audacity is trying to recover from.

If you restart Audacity after that and it still wants to recover the project, open Finder, use the “Go” menu, choose “Go to Folder” and type:

~/Library/Application Support/audacity/

In that “audacity” folder, delete the “AutoSave” folder.


Gale, thank you that worked! I will update to 2.1.2. Koz, it never crashed during production. I did move files around from desktop to folders and then from folders to desktop and wondered if that was a factor. I am using an iMac. I appreciate your help!

Audacity projects are not a single file and so are susceptible to users moving parts of them around.

if you want to move, rename or backup a project, always use File > Save Project As… from inside Audacity.


Thanks again, Gale. I plan to be more systematic in the future – saving the Audacity file to a location where I intend to keep it!