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arzboy Level 1 Level 1

Just loaded Mountain Lion today and Notes will not open. It keeps crashing. Any suggestions?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • hi-i'm-jan Level 1 Level 1



    I have the same problem. I have already tried to disable iCloud sync, but unfortunately this does not help. Can anyone help?

  • sojoknuckle Level 1 Level 1

    I am see this as well , the error in the crash log suggest for me its local database is missing


    Application Specific Information:

    *** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'MFSQLiteException', reason: 'checking for existence of object'

  • PenSilveltMEKY Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same issue. This was one app I have been waiting for ever since the beta lunch, it is really

    disappointing. I'm now worrying I will lose all my notes. I hope someone at Apple is working on a fix.

  • arzboy Level 1 Level 1

    Funny thing is I loaded Mountain Lion on my MacBook and Notes are working fine! Notes is failing to open on my iMac. I wonder if this has anything to do with the various models?

  • jar3ck Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem on Macbook Air. On my Mac mini there is no such problem.

  • hi-i'm-jan Level 1 Level 1

    There might be a solution:


    I copied the Notes app and tried to run the copy, but it crashed as usual. The I removed it, opened the original Notes app and boom! It worked. Maybe it's just coincidence but maybe not.


    I would like to hear if this works for you, too!

  • jar3ck Level 1 Level 1

    Doesn't work for me

  • JustinIllig Level 1 Level 1

    I just Contacted Apple Support about this issue. Here are a few thing they had me try. They were not successful but they might work for you:


    1. click on mac HD/ libraray /caches. drag all the contents in the folder to the trash

    2. click on the finder click go, hold the option key and clikc on libraries (will not appear if you don't hold the option key). go to the caches folder again and again drag everything in the folder to the trash.

    3. click on the finder click go, hold the option key and clikc on containers. Drag to the trash

    4. restart your computer.

    5. empty trash.

    6. try to open notes again.



    If this works great, if not go to system preference/ users and groups. Create a test user. Log out of you current user and log in to your test user. Open notes.


    I did this and notes worked on my test user but agian not on my regular user... They sent my crash info into an engeneer for more details i will repost once i hear back from them with a solution.

  • Drobidou Level 1 Level 1

    I tried this and it did not work for me.  I have not tried the test user as of yet.

  • jar3ck Level 1 Level 1

    Test user works for me but this is not perfect solution :/

  • bvineyard1221 Level 1 Level 1

    I was having the same problem; I fixed it by turning off Notes for a Microsoft Exchange account in "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" in System Settings.


    I'm not sure why that helped, but Notes stays open for me now.

  • austx75 Level 1 Level 1

    Having the same issue.  Let us know if you hear back from apple. :/

  • keithgee Level 1 Level 1

    I had the same issues, but now it's working.  I disabled many of my accounts in the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar panel of System Preferences after reading this thread, but I don't think that's what fixed it. (It's hard for me to keep track.)


    I hadn't used the Mail application in a long time, so when I finally opened it I was asked to wait while it upgraded the format of the existing mail messages.  When it was finished, I exited Mail, and now I'm able to open and use the Notes application without it crashing.

  • arzboy Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Keith, it worked! I don't use Mail, but I went ahead and opned it and let is upgrade and all of a sudden Notes is working. I don't have a clue as to why, but thanks!

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