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

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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