GPG Keychain: MacOS not saving passphrase

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06 Mar, 2018 01:28 PM

Passphrase won't get stored in the MacOSKeychain. It keeps asking for it.

I enter my passphrase once and it gets saved in the Mac Keychain.

Additional info
I found this entry in the Mac


macOS                   10.13.3     17D102
GPG Suite               2018.1      2083    (9658b70)
GPGMail                 3.0b4       1272    (461cda15)
GPG Keychain            1.4.2       1403    (128637e)
GPGServices             1.11.2      969     (e5438f7)
MacGPG                  2.2.3       900     (cead4f9)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.1       993     (05eb1a6)
Libmacgpg               0.8.2       829     (943132e)
pinentry           9       (db18340)
  1. 1 Posted by Ignacio on 06 Mar, 2018 01:31 PM

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    Just a screenshot of the in case it helps :)

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 07 Mar, 2018 02:42 PM

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    Hi Ignacio,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    Could you please create a new test user account on your mac and setup GPG Suite. Then create a test key (name and email can be anything). Don't upload the test key to the key servers.

    Then open TextEdit and encrypt + decrypt some random text snippet. Try to store your OpenPGP password for the test key in macOS keychain.

    Repeat the TextEdit process. Are you again asked for your OpenPGP password?


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 29 Mar, 2018 06:39 PM

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    Closing, since no further user feedback was received. Should your problem persist, feel free to re-open this discussion any time.

    All the best, steve

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 29 Mar, 2018 06:39 PM.

  5. Luke Le re-opened this discussion on 15 May, 2019 11:44 PM

  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Luke Le on 15 May, 2019 11:50 PM

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    Hi Ignacio,

    you are probably no longer experiencing this problem, but if it should re-occur the solution is to lock and unlock your login keychain, easiest to do via logout or restart.
    The issue you are seeing is a bug in macOS Mojave which we have filed with Apple and are waiting for their response.

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 16 May, 2019 03:53 PM.

  8. Steve closed this discussion on 18 Sep, 2019 12:46 PM.

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