Just got QGIS 2.6.0 running on Windows 7 service pack 1 64 bit. Project loads, edits, saves editing changes, adds removes, layers no problem. Only problem is saving the project. Do that and it's certain death. You get a mini dump crash error.

Then you attempt to open the project again and it says unexpected end of file at line'x' and shows the file as being 0 KB. Restore the project to a previous version and it happens again EVERY TIME. This also happened when I upgraded to 2.4. What gives? Yes, going to be writing a bug ticket also.

  • I see this minidump too - ticket was closed hub.qgis.org/issues/10756
    – Mapperz
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 18:32
  • I had previously tried all those suggestions and nothing worked. Is this the new norm every time a new version comes out or what?
    – Karl Mohr
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 19:01
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    We had similar problems after updating to 2.6. One thing you can try is to open the project in 2.6 and save it under a new file name, instead of saving to the same file. Also, we've since switched to the development version (2.7), which seems more stable in this regard.
    – Jake
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 20:04
  • Did you try removing all your plugins? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/107617/…
    – John
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 21:06
  • The same here. Win 7 Pro x64 with Qgis 2.6.0. Uninstall of Metasearch Catalog Client plugin solved the problem. Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 10:04

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I have had this problem with each generation of QGIS and windows 7,8, and 10 Today I solved it!!! I deleted the .qgis2 folder in my user path Simple as that. When QGIS opened it created a new .qgis folder and will now happily and gracefully exit. :-)

  • Its works !!! but you need to re-install necessary plugins..
    – Sunil
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 7:27
  • This was happening with QGIS 2.12 and 2.14. I'm running them on Win10, 64bit. Deleting the .qgis2 folder worked for me. It seems I should delete this folder whenever I install a new version of QGIS...
    – cndnflyr
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 20:56
  • I had this issue on 2.18 primarily when zooming in and out on print composer. Deleting the .qgis2 folder seems to have worked! Thanks!
    – jm90
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 3:41

I had the same problem on QGIS 2.6 64 bit on Windows 7 Home Premium with all current updates.

Crashed on saving, every time, minidump and project file saved as 0 kb file or with small invalid file.

Uninstalled metasearch catalog client and solved problem.


There were some issues with QGIS 2.6 crashing with old projects and the print composer:



You can try the latest dev build, which has some bugs fixed, or take the bugfix release 2.6.1 which is just released.

Creating a new project from scratch should be save.


I just deleted .qgis2\python\plugins and eveything went just fine. Removing everything would make me lose recent projects list, custom expressions/functions/scripts which I rather keep.

  • What plugins did you have before? Commented Aug 25, 2017 at 13:34

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