macOS (10.9 Mavericks) created a new keychain "Local Items" for me that can't be deleted. What's the idea here and why is there a second keychain in addition to my login keychain?

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If you mean the keychain that is called Local Items in the U.S. English locale, I think it is used for keychain items that are eligible to be synced with iCloud Keychain.

From http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/5/:

If the iCloud Keychain is subsequently disabled, the iCloud keychain highlighted in the screenshot above is replaced with a "Local Items" keychain that has the same contents as the iCloud keychain. Any items added to the Local Items keychain will be pushed out to other devices when iCloud Keychain is re-enabled.

I have never enabled iCloud Keychain, but I also have a Local Items keychain. It contains about half of the keychain items from my login keychain, or mostly web form passwords. The Local Items keychain does not seem to correspond to any file and it cannot be deleted.

  • Thanks for pointing out the correct name. I mistranslated the German localizaton "Lokale Objekte". Indeed I've once enabled iCloud keychain and have subsequently disabled it due to severe security concerns. However, I hate the fact that I can neither delete it nor change its settings nor force Mail and other system services to fetch the passwords from my Login keychain and not the "Local Items" keychain. Sounds like a bug imo. Oct 27, 2013 at 9:39
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    I logged a bug: Keychain "Local Items" can't be deleted or configured (openradar.appspot.com/15330380 ) Nov 6, 2013 at 12:05

There is a difference between the local items keychain and login keychain. Make sure to pay attention to this fine detail when an error message pops up.

If you have a local item keychain issue, here is what I did to resolve my issue that nothing else would fix.

The name of the folder it gives is not the name that will be in there, mine only had one folder. I had then move it to the desktop and restart after that another one replaced it. Then I had them delete the folder that I moved, restarted again and everything was fixed and no longer a million boxes popped up, asking for a local item keychain...

  • Link is dead, can you share what you did here?
    – CyberMew
    May 22, 2021 at 21:34

Although the "Local Items" keychain cannot deleted, you can delete individual items stored in it.

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    Hi and welcome to Ask Different! This doesn't directly answer the question being asked which is: Why does this second keychain exist to begin with?
    – Ian C.
    May 4, 2014 at 17:44

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