New to Brave - can't open app on Mac OS BigSur 11.2

Description of the issue:
I’ve tried to download Brave a few times on my mac. Each time, I do the usual, move to application files, say yes to opening a file downloaded on the internet, and then go to open the app.

I immediately get a crash

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.
Download Brave for intel chip on
Install, save to application folder, open

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

Expected result:

Reproduces how often:

Operating System and Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu):
MacOs Big Sur


Additional Information:

Process: Brave Browser [2232]
Path: /Applications/Brave Browser
Identifier: com.brave.Browser
Version: (119.90)
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: ??? [1]
Responsible: Brave Browser [2232]
User ID: 501

Time Awake Since Boot: 940 seconds

System Integrity Protection: enabled

Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000

Termination Signal: Trace/BPT trap: 5
Termination Reason: Namespace SIGNAL, Code 0x5
Terminating Process: exc handler [2232]

Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue:

Date/Time: 2021-02-05 09:20:27.728 -0800
OS Version: macOS 11.2 (20D64)
Report Version: 12
Bridge OS Version: 5.2 (18P4346)

I am also a Mac user (OS Catalina). It seems clear to me that Brave is not designed with Macs in mind. Apple devices are an afterthought. After dealing with numerous glitches for several months, I went back to Safari. It is fast enough, and it is allegedly much better on Big Sur. I will probably upgrade soon.

A couple things I’d like to suggest:

  1. Can you try opening the macOS Terminal and enter this command: open -a "Brave" --args --disable-gpu and see if Brave launches this way?
  2. If the above doesn’t work, can you please try downloading and installing the Beta version of the browser and see if you get the same results?

I believe it appears you are running on an Intel Mac from that. Did you happen to install the Universal M1 one? If so, try installing the Intel one! Screen Shot 2021-02-11 at 2.27.58 PM

Good catch.

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