I'm running Arch Linux. When I try to save credentials using Vinagre (VNC client) it gives me an error:

Error saving credentials on a locked keyring

Cannot create item in a locked collection

I found this guide on the Arch wiki, and followed it. In the troubleshooting section it has:

Ensure that the seahorse package is installed, open it ("Passwords and Keys" in system settings) and select View > By Keyring If there is no keyring in the left column (it will be marked with a lock icon), go to File > New > Password Keyring and give it a name. You will be asked to enter a password. If you do not give the keyring a password it will be unlocked automatically, even when using autologin, but passwords will not be stored securely. Finally, right-click on the keyring you just created and select "Set as default".

When I start up Seahorse it does have a Passwords section with a Login folder with a lock icon to the right of that. Swell, right? Well, nothing really works with that as far as I can tell (no feedback, but apparently I was able to delete it)

When I try to create a new keyring it tells me:

Couldn't add keyring

No such secret collection at path: /

I found this problem with exactly the same message, but ~/.local/share/keyrings has drwxr-xr-x permissions (and has my name and group).

So how do I resolve this error so I can store keys in my keyring?


Some further information - after deleting the useless keyring, Vinagre gives me this message instead:

No such interface 'org.freedesktop.Secret.Collection' on object at path /org/freedesktop/secrets/collection/login

4 Answers 4


I could fix it on my machine by sourcing /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/50-systemd-user.sh from ~/.xinitrc.
The solution was found on https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/46374 because journalctl --this-boot --no-pager | grep -i WARNING showed, that 'org.gnome.keyring.SystemPrompter' failed.


  • Hey, sweet! It works (or at least gets to the next step ;) Jul 13, 2016 at 15:54
  • I'm not complaining too much, since this solved my issue, but surely files in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d should have been sourced automatically anyway? Perhaps a better solution would be to source /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc instead?
    – Ben
    Aug 12, 2021 at 10:53

I had this error in seahorse 3.20.0 on Mint 19 Xfce. I resolved it by creating the following directory in my home:

  • Likewise, on Debian 10 (Buster).
    – stefanct
    Nov 16, 2019 at 22:49
  • Had a similar problem on the latest Manjaro after restoring from a backup. Thank you!
    – Peter Dam
    Feb 9 at 18:57

If you still have the No such interface 'org.freedesktop.Secret.Collection' on object at path /org/freedesktop/secrets/collection/login problem, check out:


If you use the console login make sure to have both the PAM and the .xinitrc commands. Having them both works for me using i3.


I had this issue and before following anything else here, you might want to restart.

  • Noting that there's already a specific, accepted answer, why is a restart necessary? A restart of the whole system? Of a component?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Apr 23, 2019 at 15:38
  • This SE link notes what you would do to restart the keyring daemon . But if it isn't critical (and this should pretty much just pertain to Desktop use) then you could restart the OS. Apr 23, 2019 at 19:09

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