Keybase adds a folder to my Finder favorites that I cannot remove. I've checked the Keybase issues database and this appears to be a known but still not addressed issue, so I think I need to (1) stop using Keybase and (2) fix this in the Finder.

How do I do (2): how do I force the removal of an item from my Finder Favorites that I cannot remove in the normal way (using the items menu or dragging out of the sidebar)?

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    – bmike
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 6:35

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The following worked for me in macOS High Sierra.

To remove Keybase from under Favorites on Finder's Sidebar, I did the following:

  1. Open: Keybase
  2. Click: Settings
  3. Click: FILES
  4. Uncheck: [] Enable Keybase in Finder

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  1. Click the Remove & Restart button on the ensuing dialog box.

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  1. Drag Keybase from under Favorites on Finder's Sidebar until the (x) appears and then let go.

Even after rebooting my Mac, Keybase did not reappear under Favorites on Finder's Sidebar. All is as it should be and I can continue to use the other features of Keybase.

If you no longer want to use Keybase and completely remove the App and support files, then do the following:

  1. Close the Keybase app and it's Menu Extras icon.

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Then using AppCleaner:

  1. Open: AppCleaner
  2. Drag and drop the Keybase app onto AppCleaner.
  3. Click the Remove button.

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Note: I am not affiliated with the developer of AppCleaner, just a satisfied user.

  • Those are the mentions steps that won’t work for me.
    – orome
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 2:18
  • @orome, You never stated in your OP that you went in to the Keybase app and changed the settings! Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 2:20

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