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I am on Ubuntu and I have forgotten the password for my Gnome Keyring (yes, stupid me, I know). Any way I can get it back? I have already looked at this link, but it says it's not possible if my home directory is encrypted and unfortunately my home directory is encrypted.

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Resetting everything (delete all passwords and start new keyring):

rm ~/.local/share/keyrings/login.keyring


Navigate to Places > Home. Press ctrl h to view "hidden files". Navigate to .gnome2 > keyrings and delete login.keyring

Using the same keyring (resetting keyring password but keeping old passwords in keyring):

1) Make a backup of the keyring

cd ~/.local/share/keyrings/
cp login.keyring login.keyring.backup

and after that delete login.keyring file

rm ~/.local/share/keyrings/login.keyring

2) Create a new keyring file from Gnome Keyring with the name "login"

3) Replace the new keyring file with the backup of the old keyring file

cd ~/.local/share/keyrings/
mv login.keyring.backup login.keyring      

Note: before Ubuntu 12.10 the path to the keyrings folder was ~/.gnome2/keyrings/ instead of ~/.local/share/keyrings/

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how to do step 2? – xxor Feb 27 '15 at 13:04
@xxor: You create a new file there called login.keyring. – Paranoid Panda Aug 25 '15 at 21:28
I thought it was a bit simple, it hasn't worked for me. It still says my password is wrong – Madivad Apr 23 at 22:16
  1. Start up Ubuntu's Dash (top most icon in Unity or press Super)
  2. Type Pass to get Passwords and Keys and start this (this will start the Gnome Keyring frontend seahorse)
  3. Next
    • If the password is known: Under Passwords the default folder select unlock, or
    • If the password is not known: right mouse click and delete for resetting.

Next time Ubuntu will ask for a new password for the keyring.

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Solved this by installing seahorse frontend.

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Note this is installed by default on Ubuntu installs. – Seanny123 Sep 3 '14 at 14:39

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