AVD Emulator crashes on MAC ( emulator64-arm quit unexpectedly )

I recently got back into doing some android development. Its been an adjustment period to say the least. One of those adjustments has been the slight differences of working on a Mac. I came across a bug today, that baffled me for a while and required some of my best “google-fu” to figure out.

I ended up at this site: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=38371

The problem is essentially the AVD manager can’t re-open a virtual device that was on a second monitor on a Mac. The work around is to edit the following file



and change the


That’s it.  It’s an ugly hack, but it works for now.  According to the bug report it should be fixed with the next release of the android developer tools. ( http://developer.android.com )

18 Replies to “AVD Emulator crashes on MAC ( emulator64-arm quit unexpectedly )”

  1. Thanks for this – the emulator was still crashing for me – I have TWO secondary monitors, and the Y position was a negative number. Was still crashing after setting window.x = 0.

    So, I also had to set window.y = 0 and everything is fine again.

  2. Thanks for the post.
    Just an update on this,
    It still has not been fixed.
    The structure has changed and all the emulator-user.ini is now within the .avd file in the same directory you described.

    Thanks for the time saver!

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