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Lightroom: Solving the 'Chromium Safe Storage' Dialog Issue Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

19 May 2022

You update Lightroom and forever after when you launch the program a dialog box pops up asking you to allow access to "confidential information stored in 'Chromium Safe Storage' in your keychain."

Keychain Access. Updating the Chromium Safe Storage password is the trick.

There is a password prompt and three options: Always Allow, Deny or Allow.

It doesn't matter what you do. Enter your password and Always Allow still produces the prompt on the next launch. Deny does the same. Allow, too.

What's going on?


First of all, Chromium. Like Apple's WebKit, Chromium is an open source browser engine. It's the engine behind Google's Chrome browser just as Safari is based on WebKit.

According to a few corroborating posts in the Adobe Support Community, Lightrooom uses Chromium to display it's built-in map module. And that module stores some information that requires password access to your keychain.

OK, but every launch?

You can chalk that up to the continuing downward spiral of software quality control. But you don't have to live with it.


And one day this week, we got fed up with it ourselves. The fix, we found, was pretty simple:

  • Launch Keychain Access
  • Search for 'chromium'
  • Select any entries displayed (we found two)
  • Delete them

Henceforth, you will be spared that dialog.

If you take another look with Keychain Access for 'chromium' entries, you'll find a new one for Chromium Safe Storage. You can leave that one alone. It won't prompt you for access.

It sets its own strong password for access to the map module, apparently.

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