I've edited ~/.kde/share/config/kwalletrc and added

[Auto Deny]

In the KDE Wallet Configuration in system settings I've unchecked "Enable the KDE wallet subsystem". This also seems to add:

[Auto Deny]

However I'm still getting a popup when I visit my first page in google chrome. How can I stop it?

I've noticed there are actually two locations for wallets. One in ~/.kde/share/apps/kwallet/ and one in ~/.local/share/kwalletd/. At one point when I changed the KDE colour theme I noticed the popup for chrome was different to the GUI I got through system settings. There's also a duplicate KDE Wallet Configuration I can get by running kwalletmanager->Settings->Configure Wallet where I get the same options but their own set of values. Even after unchecking "Enable the KDE wallet subsystem" here as well I still get a popup from chrome. What's going on with the mess of multiple config locations and settings pages?

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    You are using KDE 5 (Plasma 5) right? The ~/.kde/share/apps/kwallet/ location is the old one that is migrated to ~/.local/share/kwalletd/ and should not be in use. For the same reason, the setting in ~/.kde/` is not honored... and note that your system can have both KWallet for KDE 4 and KDE 5 installed, complicating things even further.
    – Lekensteyn
    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:30
  • Yes, I'm running 5. Can I remove the old one and all its configs? I guess chrome is using that instead.
    – jozxyqk
    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:36
  • It would not help I think, if you remove the old one it would appear as if no wallet has ever been made and then it would prompt you to create one. I think that @RobW's proposed solution works better (and is actually what you mean).
    – Lekensteyn
    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:48
  • Ideally, I wouldn't have two version of the same thing, chrome would use the latest one and I could choose to disable it system wide the regular way (or for that matter, use it).
    – jozxyqk
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:04
  • kde5: look in ~/.config for kwalletrc Jan 4, 2019 at 9:31

7 Answers 7


You can completely disable the KWallet backend by adding the following command-line flag to Chrome: --password-store=basic

For instance (if you're using Ubuntu's Chromium build), edit /etc/chromium-browser/default (system-wide) or ~/.chromium-browser.init (per-user) and add the flag to CHROMIUM_FLAGS. E.g.:

# Default settings for chromium-browser. This file is sourced by /bin/sh from
# /usr/bin/chromium-browser

# Options to pass to chromium-browser

If you're using ArchLinux's Chromium build, edit ~/.config/chromium-flags.conf and add:

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    Where would be a good place to put this (so that it works with KDE shortcuts, xdg-open, when I type google-chrome in the terminal, etc.)? Is there a config somewhere?
    – jozxyqk
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:01
  • @jozxyqk I've updated my answer. The answer applies ot Ubuntu and ArchLinux, if you use another OS, then the exact method might be different.
    – Rob W
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:06
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    I couldn't find a similar place on fedora, but I found /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome and added --password-store=basic to the exec command at the bottom of the script. Seems to work. Thanks very much!
    – jozxyqk
    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:23
  • On Debian Jessie (8) I installed this file to /etc/chromium.d/no-kwallet Jan 13, 2017 at 19:52
  • For vivaldi in /opt/vivaldi/vivaldi.
    – Zitrax
    May 3, 2019 at 9:52

No matter what distro you're on this might work.

Open "google-chrome" file with a text editor (I used kate <3)

kdesu kate /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome

Paste this at the end of file with quote sign


So it must look like this

  exec -a "$0" "$HERE/chrome"  "$@" "--password-store=basic"


(I tried it on OpenSUSE Thumbleweed with success! :D)

  • This works on Ubuntu 16.04 too. You also need to set google on hold apt-mark hold google-chrome-stable, because any update will remove that setting. They are not a fair company. Nov 26, 2017 at 17:22
  • Won't it be reverted during the package upgrade?
    – Sasha
    Jun 12, 2021 at 8:13

I found a simple solution, that works a 100% of the time, on any version of KDE:

I couldn't find any way to get kwallet off my system. There are some dependency issues and pacman won't let you remove the package. However I managed to avoid the irritating pop ups. First you need to remove any existing wallet. Delete the files under ~/.kde/share/apps/kwallet/.

Next time you do anything that interests Kwallet, it will pop up again. But this time it will ask you for an encryption method, blowfish or gpg. Select blowfish and when asked for a password, provide an empty password.

It won't ask for password anymore. This method worked for me on kwallet 5.13. Hopefully it will work for you too.

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    You found this solution where? You need to link to the source. May 21, 2017 at 3:18
  • no, it doesn't work, deleted ~/.kde/... as its written here, restarted chrome and it still start popup kwallet nightmare
    – stiv
    Sep 17, 2019 at 9:44
  • @stiv, as Lekensteyn said, KDE config paths changed some time ago, so maybe you need to delete another directory. Still, I don't say this recipe work, I haven't tried it.
    – Sasha
    Jun 12, 2021 at 8:03
  • @stiv, I've checked: for me it works, just choose a blowfish + empty password. And BTW there's no need to delete any files manually, just start kwalletmanager5 and click “File” / “Delete Wallet…” in the menu.
    – Sasha
    Jun 12, 2021 at 8:23
  • For me it was this directory: /.local/share/kwalletd/ - but then it worked, thanks, I guess...
    – TeNNoX
    Feb 20, 2023 at 14:18

The easiest solution to this Problem got served by the later KDE Plasma Versions. I currently use Version 5.12.7.

1. Go to: System Settings -> Account Details (Personalization) -> KDE Wallet

2. Uncheck the Box "Enable the KDE wallet subsystem"

3. Apply

  • it doesn't work, it says: the module Account details is not valid configuration module
    – stiv
    Sep 17, 2019 at 9:41
  • it worked for me though. Jan 14, 2020 at 10:06
  • This worked for me on Debian GNU/Linux 10, KDE plasma 5.14.5. Initially, I did not see the "Enable the KDE wallet subsystem" option. But it showed up once I installed the kwalletmanager package. May 31, 2020 at 21:29

I solved this one out in the KWalletManager by creating a new wallet named test and replacing the .salt file from the existing wallet named kdewallet, with the .salt file of the newly created wallet test.


cd /home/'username'/.kde4/share/apps/kwallet 
mv kdewallet.salt .kdewallet.salt;cp test.salt kdewallet.salt

And now the existing wallet named kdewallet has the password for the newly created test wallet.

Distro: Mageia 5.


One way is just to give chrome a fake dbus socket (Also you will probably need to disable password manager... you can use Paster Password Manager as an alternative)


A quick solution is to just change KWallet's password to a blank one:

KDE's Application Menu (or Launcher, etc.) > System > KWalletManager > Change Password... > OK > Yes

This ends KWallet's password pop-ups when starting Chrome/Chromium.

  • There is no Change Password... menuitem there.
    – stiv
    Sep 17, 2019 at 9:42

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