I have the Steam client installed on my Macbook Pro, and each and every time I shut my Mac down without first quitting the Steam client, the client crashes.

While the end result is the same (the client terminates), crashing is a much less elegant affair, and I suppose it could also be potentially harmful. Is there a way to stop this from happening, other than remembering to close the client beforehand? Has anyone else even come across this issue?

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Your Steam client might not have crashed at all.

While Steam itself seems a lot more stable today, I believe I remember that happening to the early Mac Steam client versions on my machine, too.

I still experience OS X often considering Steam games crashed when they terminate even though they were gracefully exited using the appropriate in-game button. This effect seems strongest with newly released games, triggering a crash report nearly every time a Steam game is exited, but it seems to wear off as the titles grow older, I can't tell if they are being patched or whether OS X remembers them for acting strangely and stops bothering after a time.

So, maybe there's nothing to worry about but OS X just can't figure it out and worries in vain.

  • While it is beyond my capabilities to verify whether or not the crashes I am experiencing are actual crashes, the frequency of this event has greatly declined, which I can only attribute to Steam getting more OSX-ish, as you yourself suspect.
    – Aubergine
    Feb 27, 2013 at 20:22

I've found the issue, It's due to a memory leak with the Store. Look at the following link for the fix:


If you change your client's initial page to something other than the store you should be fine. If you need to use the store, I recommend closing the client and restarting before playing.

  • While I think it might be worth trying, I am not too sure it the same issue. Considering that the question was asked almost a year ago. It would be interesting to see if OP experiences this problem to this day.
    – theUg
    Jan 5, 2013 at 7:51
  • @theUg Oh it definitely still happens, but not like this article describes. Still, I'll be sure to give the solution a try and report.
    – Aubergine
    Jan 5, 2013 at 9:55

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