[Solved] iScreensaver Crashing upon Launch


iScreensaver Personal, or iScreensaver Designer crash about 1-30 seconds after launch.


iScreensaver is crashing while scanning your iTunes or iPhoto library


  1. Open iScreensaver.
  2. from the iScreensavermenu, choose Preferences (tip: or, you can hold down the Command key and press the Comma key)
  3. Uncheck the “Metadata Import: Use iPhoto library” and/or “Use iTunes library” checkbox(es)
  4. Click OK
  5. Quit and restart iScreensaver

We have only had reports of this happening using OS X 10.10.1 but if it happens to you, please contact us.

To diagnose the comment for sure, open the Console.app application, click “Show Log List” and then find the iScreensaver Crash log on the left side.

You may find a section that looks like this:

Thread XX Crashed:
0 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00c9f8eb cXMLDocument.SetTextContent%%os + 1103
1 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00c9f3ac cXMLDocument.GetTagContent%i4%oo&i4 + 970
2 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00c9bcaf cXMLDocument.Parse%o%ooo + 1942
3 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00ca1b24 cXMLDocument.LoadXML%o%ooo + 308
4 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00913c27 ciPhoto2.Constructor%%o + 1012
5 com.iscreensaver.personal 0x00917b07 tiPhoto.Event_Run%%o + 120
6 rbframework.dylib 0x0104fa21 threadRun + 633
7 com.apple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x9c1068b0 CooperativeThread + 305
8 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x94b7becf _pthread_body + 138
9 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x94b7be45 _pthread_start + 162
10 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x94b79f0e thread_start + 34

This would be very strong indication that the iTunes/iPhoto library scanning is to blame.