Terraria keeps crashing on startup, or it constantly closes to the desktop in the middle of the game? This is extremely frustrating and you’re not alone. Many players are reporting it, but the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 7 solutions to try.

Why does Terraria crash on my PC? 
A faulty graphics driver, outdated game version, improper in-game settings, and low RAM–these are the most common causes of game crashing issues. Also, running multiple programs on your computer at the same time can cause your game to fail… but don’t worry. You can fix it. Here is a list of fixes that have proved useful to many players.

How to fix Terraria Crashing?

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Disable your antivirus temporarily
  3. Run your game as an administrator
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Verify the integrity of your game files
  6. Run your game in compatibility mode
  7. Reinstall your game and/or Steam

Fix 1: Restart your computer

Some programs and processes running in the background may conflict with Terraria, causing it to crash constantly. To see if that’s the problem for you, try restarting your computer to end unwanted programs, then relaunch your game to test your issue.

Now, check if you still face this issue with Terraria. If the issue still exists, then try the next fix.

Fix 2: Disable your antivirus temporarily

Your problem is sometimes caused by interference from antivirus software. To see if that’s the problem for you, temporarily disable your antivirus program and check if the problem persists. (Consult your antivirus documentation for instructions on disabling it.)

If Terraria works properly after you disable the antivirus software, contact the vendor of your antivirus software and ask them for advice, or install a different antivirus solution.

Be extra careful about what sites you visit, what emails you open and what files you download when your antivirus is disabled.

If this didn’t help in resolving your problem, try the fix below.

Fix 3: Run your game as an administrator

Terraria or Steam sometimes can’t access certain game files on your computer under normal user mode, which could result in the crashing issue.

To see if that’s the problem for you, try running Steam as an administrator, then launch your game from Steam. Follow the instructions below:

1) Exit Steam.

2) Right-click the Steam icon on your desktop and select Properties.

3) Click the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program as an administrator. Then, click OK.

4) Relaunch Steam and Terraria to test your issue.

You can hopefully run the game without crashing now. If the problem still exists, then go ahead with the fix below.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

Terraria crashing issues might occur if you’re using a faulty graphics driver or it’s outdated. So, it’s essential to keep your graphics driver up to date at all times.

There are two ways you can get the latest correct graphics driver:

Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.


Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually

The manufacturer of your graphics card keeps updating drivers. To get the latest graphics driver, you need to go to the manufacturer’s website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All). 

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

Fix 5: Verify the integrity of your game files

Terraria may crash when a certain game file is damaged or missing. To fix it, try verifying the integrity of your game files on the Steam client. Here is how to do it:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Terraria and select Properties.


Wait for the scans to be complete, then relaunch your game to see if your problem has been resolved. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 6: Run your game in compatibility mode

Some Windows updates may not be compatible with Terraria, keeping it from function properly. Try running your game in compatibility mode to see if it can fix your issue. Here is how to do it:

1) Right-click the Terraria icon, then select Properties.

2) Click the Compatibility tab. Then check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for.

3) Click the list box below to select Windows 8, then click OK.

4) Relaunch your game to check if your issue had been resolved.

If your game crashes again under Windows 8 mode, repeat steps 1 – 3 and select Windows 7 from the list box.

If this didn’t work for you, check the fix, below.

Fix 7: Reinstall your game and/or Steam

If none of the fixes worked for you, your issue might be caused by corrupted or damaged game files. In this case, reinstalling Terraria and/or Steam is very likely the solution to your issue. Here is how to do it:

Reinstall your game

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Terraria, then click Uninstall.

4) Click DELETE.

5) Download and install Terraria again.

Now, relaunch your game to check if this has fixed your issue. If not, you’ll need to reinstall Steam as well.

Reinstall Steam

1) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

2) Right-click the steamapps folder and select Copy. Then, place the copy in another location to back it up.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control Panel.

4) Under View by, select Category.

5) Select Uninstall a program.

6) Right-click Steam, and then click Uninstall.

7) Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Steam and wait for the process to be complete.

8) Download Steam.

9) Open the downloaded file and install Steam.

10) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.

11) Move the backup steamapps folder you create before to your current directory location.

12) Relaunch Steam and your game.

Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped in resolving your issue. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.

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