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When opening Keychain Access I have a bunch of empty keychains named 1 as well as the normal login keychain. These cannot be deleted.

Empty Keychains

What are they and what are they for? How do I get rid of them? (Should I?)

  • Do these keychain files also appear in your ~/Library/Keychains folder? – Tim Campbell Apr 17 at 23:06
  • Which macOS are you using? If >10.11 than you can use 'Keychain First Aid', which (unfortunatly) has been removed in later macOS Versions – J.C. Apr 18 at 6:48
  • What msg do you encounter when you attempt to delete these? – slm Apr 19 at 2:14
  • Not an answer, but this is not a good sign. I'd do a clean re-install. – Geoff Nixon Apr 19 at 11:59
  • Those are other user key chains that you don’t have rights to. Are there other accounts on the machine? Normally you wouldn’t be explicitly locked from viewing the key chains. – Wilfred Smith Apr 20 at 10:19
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Just found that you can press delete on each of them and remove them. Takes a while if yours is just like mine and had a few hundred but at least you can remove them.

  • I also had to restart Keychain Access for it to realise that the empty keychains had in fact been deleted. – sqwk May 22 at 11:59

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