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How to disable keyring in Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint

by Kiran Kumar
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One of FOSS Linux readers asked us this question, and we thought let’s publish an article instead of just replying to the comment.

Ubuntu and its derivatives, including Linux Mint and elementary OS, requests keyring every time a user reboots the computer and launches specific Internet browsers, including Google Chrome and Chromium.

What is Keyring?

The keyring stores passwords and encryption keys for you, just like a safe for passwords. Your passwords are encrypted and protected with your login password by default settings. Every time you launch an application, the keyring enters the password for you. It is true when you don’t have automatic login enabled.

If you have automatic login enabled, then the keyring won’t enter the password for you. Instead, it asks for you to first unlock the safe, for security reasons. Though this behavior is entirely justified, it may become a frustrating experience if you are the sole user of your PC, or it is a test PC where you don’t have any personal info stored.

Stopping Keyring Popup after reboot in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

Option 1: Disable Automatic Login

If you don’t have auto-login activated, the keyring is unlocked when you log in to your user account. Therefore, the system authenticates that you are the user and bypasses keyring prompt when you launch Chrome.

Option 2: Make Keyring password Blank

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following command. Elementary OS users may need to first enable PPA before attempting the below command. Ubuntu 17.10 comes with seahorse pre-installed, so you may see output that “seahorse is already the newest version…’.

sudo apt-get install seahorse

Step 2) After the installation is complete, launch “seahorse” from programs.

Launching Seahorse

Launching Seahorse

Step 3) Right-click on “Login” and select “Change Password.”

Change Password in Seahorse

Change Password in Seahorse

Step 4) Enter the old password when you see the pop-up. Then leave the new password field blank. Don’t enter even space. Click ‘Continue’.

Leave the New Password Blank

Leave the New Password Blank

Step 5) You should see an obvious warning pop-up that passwords will be unencrypted. Click ‘Continue’.

No Encryption Warning

No Encryption Warning

That’s it! Restart your computer for the setting to take effect. Next time you launch Chrome or Chromium browser, you should not see the keyring request.

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Andres June 30, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Doesn’t work, that’s it
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
seahorse is already the newest version (3.20.0-5).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Go to programs and there’s nothing on that name, can’t find it

Gary Bivin September 19, 2018 - 12:39 PM

On my Linux Mint 19, it shows up as “Passwords and Keys”.

cristian October 20, 2018 - 10:40 AM

For me is working, so this solution disable password for the user in the console terminal

Alex June 2, 2019 - 4:26 PM

This was a great description of what the keyring actually does and is for; I was confused before reading this article, now I am not!

Greg Dance June 12, 2019 - 9:59 AM

This method worked thank you!
But one thing I will mention is that as passwords stored won’t now be encrypted it would be best to only use Chromium for logging into sites where you have set up 2 stage login accounts.
Just to be safe!

adevx July 16, 2019 - 12:35 AM

This works until you update. Not always, but often enough the password will be set again after you update Ubuntu. Very annoying especially if you have set this for your mother in law which all of a sudden has to enter her password again.

Ferreira August 5, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Thank you,
i have mint 19.2 cinamom, actulay works for install the app seahorse, after that nothing have changed!!!

Dave D August 14, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Or just disable it when the app is started by passing –password-store=basic to it:

sudo sed -i ‘s/chrome-stable/& –password-store=basic/g’ /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Verify it was added:

dave@localhost:~$ grep stable /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop
Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –password-store=basic %U
Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –password-store=basic
Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –password-store=basic –incognito

Jason Fisher April 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Beware — you need to retype this line, the single-quote ‘ and double-dash — were converted to ‘smart’ characters.

sudo sed -i ‘s/chrome-stable/& –password-store=basic/g’ /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Jason Fisher April 10, 2020 - 3:26 PM

BTW — it’s probably better to use ~/.config/chrome-flags.conf and set password-store = basic there.

Rodney Jackson September 10, 2019 - 4:25 AM

It would be great if I had actually installed it. I didn’t therefore I don’t have a password to get into it to change the password.
Any other suggestions please.

Rinat February 4, 2020 - 11:40 AM

same problem…

Charles July 29, 2020 - 7:31 PM

chasr same here

Nicholas September 11, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Using Ubuntu v 18. Installed seahorse and ran. It simply doesn’t show any options for logins. I created one keyring but it isn’t the all required default one and nothing asks to save a password to it. How do I access and set a password for the invisible and all-required “default-keyring”?

HENRIQUE SOARES BARBOSA October 18, 2019 - 6:43 AM

works like a charm under Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop, tks so much!

threesixnine November 5, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Was able to follow your instructions OK (in Elementary) but nothing changed; I still have my old password.

Abdelrahman Shouman February 5, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Thanks that was helpful

zawawi March 13, 2020 - 3:44 AM

linux mint is working. thanks bro

Lebeau March 20, 2020 - 1:56 AM

Hey, my issue is that seahorse (passwords and keys) locks my unlock-ed setting about every 4th or 5th day. What is the filename for where these prefs/settings are stored. I’m going to gut it out, create a new file, & make it “immutable” via “sudo chattr +i “. Had to do the same thing to stop Nvidia prefs file from changing itself too, so this may be my only workaround? What is that name?

Olvi April 8, 2020 - 5:44 AM

It works!!! Thank you and be safe 🙂

john(browhat) July 4, 2020 - 1:56 PM

another tool developed to give clowns your passwords

Linux Lover November 1, 2020 - 1:56 AM

Hey Guys,
If somebody changed the password & we don’t know the password then how we can disable keyrings.

kake February 10, 2021 - 6:10 PM

Clear and understandable instructions even for an old one like me (soon 70y)

Rasheed February 16, 2021 - 5:07 PM

Why do I assume windows and mac have solutions that allow you to autologin to the os without saving brower passwords as plaintext? But if I’m wrong please correct me.

jox March 25, 2021 - 4:25 AM

awesome! thank you! that helpend me out

Ted June 7, 2021 - 3:20 PM

Useless info. I’m not installing another product just to prevent an already installed product from running. As it is everytime Keyring login comes up I simply cancel it because I don’t trust keyring, I enter my passwords myself.

Once I cancel it, everything works fine, but I should be able to prevent it from popping up in the first place.

Rick Kay December 4, 2021 - 5:01 PM

The solution doesn’t work. I’ve been trying for days to get rid of the stupid keyring prompt but nothing works. I thought we were supposed to be able to control linux systems better than microsoft stuff. The reason I moved to linux is so I would have control. Can anyone give me a way to get rid of the keyring prompt? I also want auto login. I am happy if I do not have to touch the keyboard. I do not like typing if at all possible. I am the only one who has access to this computer. If I die I would like people to be able to access my computer.

Nathan February 7, 2022 - 3:02 PM

So can someone tell me why you need ‘sudo’ just to open a browser. Sounds like a backdoor

jam January 2, 2023 - 3:29 AM

This does completely the opposite.
Instead of disabling you enable it, and even without password, and with your passwords not encrypted.


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