Scrivener may be corrupted when you install Mac OS Ventura

I just installed Mac OS Ventura and when my computer restarted it said that the Scrivener App was a corrupted file which made me panic. The system kept telling me to trash the Scrivener App. I have solid back-ups of my Scrivener documents so I did delete the app as instructed by Mac OS. Then I re-installed Scrivener and was able to access all of my files. Make sure you have a secure back-up before installing Mac OS Ventura.

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You might very well find interest in this earlier thread.

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That should always be a mantra before a major operating system upgrade (or even a minor one). So kudos for having done that.

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I’ve been having so much trouble with Scrivener these past couple of weeks. My Macbook had been asking me to upgrade to Ventura, and I thought perhaps the daily crashing and syncing problems were related to Monterey, so I updated. Now I still have Scrivener crashing multiple times per day and I’m getting a new error message just about every time I try to find a project.

I have another Macbook, which also now has Ventura, onto which I just loaded Scrivener for the first time today, and it is crashing already. I don’t know what to do to make it so I can just go back to writing and being able to consistently find my project.

I had to trash the Scriverapp and reinstall and now it’s running fine on my MacBook Air running Ventura. You must have all projects backed up securely before you delete and reinstall the app!!

No more than usual. You can delete apps a million times and it never affects the files they open.

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It’s never a bad idea though.

Make sure you have Scrivener 3.2.3, the latest version. Older versions are not compatible with Ventura.

If that doesn’t help, please open a support ticket, here:

Include a copy of the crash report.

Ventura often gives you erroneous messages about application corruption. The first thing to do is use the finder and click the application name and choose “open”. There is some kind of lock on applications downloaded from non-Apple sites that can result in Ventura thinking they are corrupted. Generally, you don’t need to download and reinstall.

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No, but failing to understand the fundamentals is a bad idea. Every user should have Scrivener set to backup on close plus an automatic secondary backup (of the zip file) to an external drive and/or cloud – and that is enough.


I had no issues with scrivener when I upgraded to Ventura. However, I ran the 13.0.1 update the other day ans Scrivener just wouldn’t open. I uninstalled and reinstalled scrivener but still it wouldn’t open. Belted out some strong swear words and went for dinner. When I came back about an hour later, Scrivener was there, just as it was when I last used it. No issues since.

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It is not possible to open Scrivener. I get the information that the app I damaged.

Known issue affecting some Ventura users. Please reinstall: "Scrivener is corrupted" error on macOS Ventura / macOS: Troubleshooting / Knowledge Base - Literature and Latte Support

Hello, I upgraded to the latest Mac OS yesterday and all seemed to go well. Today when I tried to open Scrivener I got an alert “Scrivener is damaged. Remove to trash.”

I restored 2 versions of Scrivener from Time Machine backup, 2 and 4 days ago, to the same result. I kept the original damaged file, just in case it would be helpful for anything.

What can I do now? The story docs are all in the Documents>Scrivener folder. Should I download a new copy of Scrivener?

This is most distressing.

Hello beth58, and welcome to the forum.

This is a known bug affecting some users after they upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura. We have this Knowledge Base article that explains how to correct this.

If the steps in that article are unclear, please let me know.

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Thank you!! That worked perfectly.
You made my day so much better.

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