“Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.” — Isaac Newton
If you’re here, you must be having problems with the amazing AI art generator software called Midjourney. I’ve pumped out over 3,000 images with the amazing tool in the past half year and am absolutely loving it. But if you’re familiar with the software, it still has a long way to go. I do have to hand it to them, though, with just a small team they’ve accomplished an astounding feat with Midjourney.
But this simple article is meant to be an ongoing list of any additional errors I find in Midjourney. While information is still somewhat scarce, I’ll try to post all of the answers I can find. If you know of a better way, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.
In case you still don’t know, here’s an in-depth guide covering everything you want to know about Midjourney.
In the meantime, let’s look through all of the known Midjourney errors and how we can try to solve them.
Midjourney Errors and How to Fix Them
1. “/imagine” function isn’t working
This is a recent error for me in Midjourney. When I type in “/imagine” and press space once, the command no longer triggers anything. I was confused and tinkered around with the other functions like “/settings” and “/info” which still worked fine. I could even make variations of older images and have those trigger.
Anyway, the solution to the “/imagine” function not working is to simply press the spacebar twice after you type “/imagine”.
Type in "/imagine" + <spacebar> + <spacebar>
I’m still not sure if it’s due to Discord or Midjourney or my own dumbassery, but that’s the fix.
2. How to fix “The Application Did Not Respond Midjourney” Error
What causes “the application did not respond” error in Midjourney?
- The Midjourney bot might be down. If this is the case, the only thing you can do is wait.
- The Discord software on your computer or phone could be out of date. If so, try to see if there’s a new version out there and install it.
- The Discord server might be down. If so, you can check the status of Discord’s server here.
- It might just be a glitch. Midjourney is still in its infancy and these things do tend to happen.
- Open Discord on your computer or phone.
- Right-click on the Midjourney Bot and uninvite it or close the DM.
- Wait for 5-10 minutes. Maybe draw a stick figure.
- Reinvite and add the Midjourney Bot again to reset your chat.
3. How to fix “Job encountered an error, likely due to lack of memory” error
If you see this error, it likely means you’ve been inputting numbers that simply won’t work with Midjourney at this point. Instead, you can use the “–w” (width) and “–h” (height) functions, but keep them as a multiple of 64 with a maximum of 1024.
Here’s what those look like:
Just as an FYI, Midjourney advises people to use “–ar” as it’s better supported.
4. How to fix “Invalid link. Could not validate this link. Please try again later” error
When people see this oddly phrased error message, it can be a bit frustrating. Trust me, I’ve seen it countless times. The simple answer to what’s causing it is usually an improper image upload.
Sometimes, we find images on Google or what have you, and copy paste the link for an image to be used in Midjourney. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. And that can be frustrating when trying to create thousands of images.
The easy way around this error is to make sure you’re uploading a public URL with either a .png or .jpg at the end of the address. Trying to upload entire html pages, even if it contains the image you want, simply won’t work. Alternatively, you can always right-click an image online and click “Copy Image Address” or “Copy Image Link” and then paste that into Midjourney.
You might also be missing the “/” slash in your prompt, which is a pretty common error. Just try entering the command again with the “/” and then pressing enter after (or click the prompt window that highlights).
Last but not least, you can download pictures and then upload them into Midjourney on Discord using the “+” button. You then find the image on your computer you want to upload then press enter and wait.
Once they’re uploaded, you can right-click on the image there and get its address by pressing “Copy Message Link”. Or, you can click on the image, then click “Open Original” and copy paste the link in the address bar it takes you to.
Note, the second method always works, but the first method is a bit tricky. I believe it works more on the phone version than on the computer.
Lastly, if you’re uploading images and using version 4 in Midjourney, denoted by turning on the MJ4 setting, you can only use two images at a time for now. Version 4 is still in beta and they’ve said more capabilities will come soon. But yea, for now you can’t use a single image for this function. Alternatively, you can switch it back to MJ 3 and it will work.
5. How to fix “Interaction Failed” error on Midjourney
Interestingly, when you see this error, the job might still complete itself, but it will skip the part where it slowly shows the images being constructed. If you’re trying to use the DM (direct messaging) function for the Midjourney bot, go into your security settings and ensure DMs are actually allowed.
The job will (probably) still go through, but it will not show the intermediate images.
If you get this with your DMs with the bot, make sure your security settings allow DMs.
6. How to fix “Server has reached limit of active threads” error
For now, if you see the “server has reached limit of active threads” error, there’s nothing you can do but sit and wait. The Discord server simply reached the maximum number of threads possible. Don’t worry though, if and when older threads are archived, you’ll be able to add new threads again.
As a fix, just work within the DM (direct messages) function with the Midjourney bot.
We reached the max number of threads we can create in the server.
It will be possible to add new threads when older threads will archive. In the meantime, feel free to work in DM.
7. What if you don’t have the /imagine option available within slashes?
If you’re trying to use Midjourney and you don’t see the “/imagine” function when you type “/” you might need to update the Discord app on your computer or phone. Once you’ve done that, try re-logging in and seeing if that works.
Another possibility is there is something wrong with your subscription or status. you can type in “/info” and press enter to see what your subscription status is with Midjourney, as well as all of your account’s other information.
8. How to fix “Cannot send messages to this user when trying to DM the bot” error
If you ever see this error pop-up, simply go to the privacy settings in Discord for the Midjourney server and make sure the “Allow direct messages from server members” is in the green checkmark on position.
9. How to fix “Failed to process your command” error
This error can be a bit annoying as the solution isn’t all that obvious. But essentially, there’s 4 ways to try to solve it.
Solution 1. Leave and Return to the Server
Sometimes a simple reset is all that’s needed (true for a lot of tech!). Just leave the Midjourney server and come back after waiting for a . This will essentially reset the bot and may resolve the problem. Here’s how:
On your PC:
- Launch the Discord app and find Midjourney in your server list.
- Click on the downward arrow next to “Midjourney” and choose “Leave Server.”
- Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes before you join back.
- Head over to midjourney.com, click on “Join the Beta,” and then “Accept Invite” to hop back onto the server.
On your phone:
- Open the Discord app and tap the three dots next to “Midjourney.”
- Select “Leave Server” and confirm.
- After a 5 to 10 minute pause, visit midjourney.com.
- Tap “Join the Beta,” and then “Accept Invite” to return to the server.
Solution 2: Restart Discord
A good old restart often does the trick! If you’re facing this error, try closing and reopening your Discord app or the Discord website on your Chrome browser. Here’s a quick way to do it:
- Click on the ‘X’ icon on the top-right corner to close.
- Type “chrome” into the search bar, hit Open.
- Navigate to the Midjourney server on discord.com and try your command again.
On your phone:
- Go to your settings and find the Discord app in your list of applications.
- Select “Force stop” to shut down the app.
- Relaunch Discord by tapping its icon.
This action often fixes any underlying technical issues with the bot. Once you’re back in, try running your command again to check if the issue’s resolved.
Solution 3: Take a Little Break
No really, a break for 5-10 minutes might be all that’s needed. Midjourney’s servers might be a bit overwhelmed or experiencing some hiccups. In such cases, the best thing you can do is be patient and give it some time.
Solution 4: Try a VPN
Sometimes, location-specific issues can cause trouble depending on what country you’re using Midjourney in. In such a case, using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) while browsing discord.com might help you out. VPNs not only provide location flexibility but also enhance your online privacy and security by encrypting your data.
I hope all of these potential solutions help and you’re back on your Midjourney soon!
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