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? Apr 17, 2019 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, 2019 at 6:48
  • What msg do you encounter when you attempt to delete these?
    – slm
    Apr 19, 2019 at 2:14
  • Not an answer, but this is not a good sign. I'd do a clean re-install. Apr 19, 2019 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. Apr 20, 2019 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, 2019 at 11:59

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