Brave non-stop crashes on Catalina and Big Sur


Hello all,

For the last few weeks, I have been experiencing non-stop crashes. It seems to correspond most often with opening or closing tabs. Brave crashes with no warning, no error message, no crash report, nada.

Brave does offer to restore tabs, which works as expected, until it crashes again.

Steps to reproduce ( and I’m not trying to be facetious, I swear)

  1. Open Brave
  2. Use Tabs
  3. Wait a little bit

Expected result:
No crashes when opening and closing tabs.

Brave Version( check About Brave):
Version 1.18.70 Chromium: 87.0.4280.101 (Official Build) (x86_64)

Additional Information:
I had this problem with Catalina, I upgraded to Big Sur hoping it would make a difference, but it hasn’t.

I’ve disabled all extensions except Dashlane.


Here are some of the crash reports i’ve uploaded via brave://crashes :

Crash from Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:40:47 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 147d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:42:01 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:39:01 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 167d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:42:03 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:59:43 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 157d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:42:02 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:26:32 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 177d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:42:04 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:39:17 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 117d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:41:58 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:39 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 187d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:42:05 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:16:23 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d6650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:44 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:46:33 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d7650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:45 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:11:53 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d8650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:46 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:17:09 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d9650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:47 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:56:35 AM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d1650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:40 PM

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Crash from Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 3:48:25 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d5650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:43 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:19:52 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: da650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:48 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:49:09 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: db650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:49 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:07:55 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: d3650000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:20:43 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:29:06 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 3c2d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:27 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:52:55 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 402d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:32 PM

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Crash from Friday, December 18, 2020 at 12:09:12 AM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 3e2d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:29 PM

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Crash from Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:17:24 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 3d2d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:28 PM

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Crash from Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:43:10 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 392d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:24 PM

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Crash from Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:29:27 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 322d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:16 PM

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Crash from Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 1:22:20 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 342d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:19 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:50:50 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 432d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:36 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:46:22 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 462d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:38 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:46:10 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 332d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:18 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:06:10 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 3f2d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:31 PM

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Crash from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:05:55 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 362d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:20 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:48:10 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 3b2d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:26 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 5:21:06 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 422d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:35 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 3:00:23 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 372d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:22 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:57:43 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 412d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:33 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:32:54 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 452d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:37 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:02:43 PM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 472d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:40 PM

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Crash from Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:14:35 AM

Status: Uploaded
Uploaded Crash Report ID: 382d0000-2a70-9005-0000-000000000000
Upload Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:44:23 PM

Okay, good news, I think I figured out what was causing it.

I had the “Hover text” accessibility option:

enabled and bound to the CMD key. When I was pressing CMD+T / N / W, I was activating hover text. Apparently, something about hover text causes Brave to crash.

I’ve now re-bound it to CTRL to avoid this… but it would be worth seeing why it was crashing with this accessibility option enabled.

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@goodvibesonly,
Great troubleshooting on your part – apologies for the late response. Thank you for reporting though! I will report this to the team for further review.

I can confirm no crashes in the last 2 days, whereas I was having 20+ crashes per day (if not more) before with Hover text enabled.

Thanks! Hope you track it down.

I had the same issue on macOS Big Sur with the latest update and most recent version of Brave (aso Beta and incognito). For me the issue was caused by having the virtual) accesible keyboard enabled.

The browser crashed when opening the settings dropdown menu and when navigating (or searching) to new urls.

Disabling the accesible keyboard ‘solved’ the issue.

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