RoonServer Stuck Initializing on new Mac Installation, Logs Showing Critical Exception [Fixed with build 987]

If we move to use the full Roon in the meantime, is there an easy way to transfer the database from the RoonServer to Roon in the library?

I just need my RoonServer to start so I can export its database and migrate it to my new Mac mini (which is running the full Roon, actually).

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So, a workaround for the problem where Roon Server fails to fully initialize and function is to run Roon instead of Roon Server. However, there is a problem: the two programs look for their database in different places. Here is how I addressed this problem on my Mac Mini:

  1. Consider that I am a casual user of Roon, and this is not a recommendation coming from Roon support! :slight_smile:
  2. Log in as the user running Roon Server.
  3. Quit Roon Server. No program from Roon should be running!
  4. Open a Finder window and show the home folder.
  5. Configure Finder to show the Library folder. (View → Show View Options and check “Show Library Folder”. Note: don’t mess around in the Library folder casually, it is hidden by default for a reason.
  6. In the Library folder Ctrl-Click (or Right Click) on the RoonServer folder (within the now visible Library folder) and duplicate it.
  7. Rename the new “RoonServer copy” folder to “Roon”. This is the folder the “Roon” app will use.
  8. Rename “RoonServer” to “RoonServer OLD” (or move it to the Trash).
  9. Download “Roon” from, install it, and run it.
  10. Log in. It found all my local music, was able to play it, etc.
  11. When you’re comfortable with this solution, move “RoonServer OLD” to the Trash.

Hope this helps!

Tried it, it says there was an error loading the Library and it refers me to this forum :slight_smile:

Bumping, I get this exact issue. Clients say the core is initializing. RoonServer says it’s running. Clients will connect once the Roon app runs on the RoonServer. However, the Roon app crashes almost immediatly.

Roon Core Machine

MacOS Monterey
3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5
32Gb RAM
Running RoonServer 1.8 (970)

Can we get an ETA for this fix? This is getting really annoying…

Hey Everyone,

Thanks again for your patience here! We’ve just released a new build (987) that should clear up any issues related to RoonSever getting stuck on initializing. Please update your core to enable the fix.

More details on this release may be found here : Roon 1.8 (Build 987) is Live!

Let me know if any issues persist after updating :+1:


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which will the best config?
mqa capabilities … decoder and render? when i select that… the streaming goe sfor 44 , but when i go to no mqa support goes for 88.2
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Thanks Benjamin. I can confirm that build 987 RoonServer initializes on my Mac Mini. I’m back in business!


Hi @benjamin. I can also verify that build 987 gets past the “Initializing…” and am able to access the server.

Thank you!

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