Everytime I am unlocking a keyring (seahorse), there is a checkbox
"Automatically unlock this keyring whenever I'm logged in".

Now the issue is that I most certainly don't want this to be autochecked or pre-checked.

I am looking for a way to either:

  1. disable the auto check (so the checkbox is NOT checked by default)
  2. remove this option to automatically unlock completely

I only found answers/questions relating to these topics which are NOT the purpose of this Q:

  1. checkbox missing - Gnome-keyring: "Automatically unlock this key whenever I'm logged in"
  2. how to autounlock - The login keyring did not get unlocked when you logged into your computer
  3. how to remove the lock - How can I stop being prompted to unlock the 'default' keyring on boot?

To be clear: I want to ALWAYS type the password (I want to ALWAYS have the keyring locked) so I want to prevent any unwanted auto-unlocking ahead.

1 Answer 1


You don't need to limit yourself to ubuntu instructions as gnome-keyring is used across multiple distros that use gnome.

I found this https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/GNOME/Keyring

If you desire to skip the PAM step, the default keyring must be unlocked manually or via another method. See #Launching gnome-keyring-daemon outside desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, XFCE, ...) and the GnomeKeyring wiki.

Is that what your looking for?

  • Hi, this is my fault I didn't state it clearly in the question - I am not looking for a replacement of the keyring with another keyring, but rather configuring the default one. But maybe there's a way to actually configure this on the GNOME Keyring level? (since seahorse is using that wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Seahorse)
    – jave.web
    Aug 23, 2023 at 12:40
  • This isnt a replacement for the keyring. This will disable GNOME from poping up the keyring, and require you to manually unlock it through a terminal.
    – PHebert
    Aug 23, 2023 at 16:30
  • ok, so if it would require for it to be unlocked everytime that could be a usable workaround - could you provide an example how to set this up?
    – jave.web
    Aug 31, 2023 at 11:41

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