Why is DEVONthink reporting my database is already open?

This warning is normal and usually issued in these circumstances, the first being the most common cause:

  1. After DEVONthink has terminated abnormally, e.g., by crash or force quit.
  2. When trying to access a database already opened by another person. This includes a database open in another logged in account on the Mac. DEVONthink is ​not ​made for multi-user simultaneous access.
  3. If you were trying to open multiple copies of the same database. This is usually caused by copying and renaming a .dtBase2 file in the Finder, and should not be done.

Press Continue . DEVONthink will do a checkup to ensure the database is healthy and report if there are problems.