GitHub Desktop not working on MacOS Big Sur

Good Evening,

I’m a student developer that is somewhat new to GitHub. I recently installed the desktop application on my Intel-based Mac (running the latest edition of Big Sur). The git version installed is git version 2.30.0. When I attempt to create a new repository from the GUI desktop, I keep getting an error message that says “Can’t find “GitHub”, it was last seen at /(path name here)”.

I’ve attempted to scour Google and various threads on the Github forums; unfortunately, I don’t seem to be having any luck. It’s entirely possible that I could be doing something wrong on my end or overlooking something trivial, but I’m out of ideas here. Has anyone else encountered a similar issue? A few things that I’ve tried doing are clearing out the local logs directory and reinstalling the application; none of which worked.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble @j-likes-spicy. That error message usually is shown when a repository has been moved or deleted on disk. I’d like to take a look to see if there are any underlying errors that could be causing this. Could you share the log file from GitHub Desktop so that I could get some more information about this error? To access the log files go to the file menu in GitHub Desktop and select Help > Show Logs. It’d be helpful to have a log from the specific day you encountered this.

Have you tried cloning a repository to see if you encounter a similar error?