I recently installed the latest version of Eclipse (eclipse-java-kepler-R, with the Force.com IDE plugin ( Everything was working fine until this morning, when it had lost the credentials for the project I was working on.

I could re-enter the password and security token, the plugin connected to Salesforce, but as soon as I closed the Force.com IDE settings on the project and re-opened it, the credentials were gone.

Logging into Salesforce, and going to the Login History of my account, I saw the plugin connecting just fine.

How can I get it to start storing the passwords again?

  • I haven't worked on the Salesforce platform in a long time, but it amazes me that this question and answer still get upvotes over 5 years after I wrote them. How has this bug remained in Eclipse or Salesforce plugins for so long?!
    – tomlogic
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 6:34

2 Answers 2


I found a solution. I had to go into the Eclipse preferences and delete the values in "Secure Storage".

  1. Select the Window/Preferences item.

  2. Go to General/Security/Secure Storage.

  3. Select the Contents tab.

  4. Select Force Projects and then click the Delete button.

After restarting, Force.com IDE was able to save my passwords again.

  • Eclipse was doing this to me earlier, so I switched to Mavens Mate.. Oh well
    – EricSSH
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 16:49
  • 2
    Awesome answer, probably saved me half a day of hunting around, trying different things, thanks. Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 19:21
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    Brilliant! If I could give you more than 1 upvote, I would
    – cropredy
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 19:48

I ended up doing something similar but a little different to resolve the issue. I'm listing the steps I followed here in case any other Mac users are seeing this issue after making keychain changes:

Earlier this afternoon I reset the login keychain on my Mac; when I later went to refresh files in the Force.com IDE, I found that my Force.com project passwords were no longer being stored. I started to follow @tomlogic's instructions, but when I got to the General/Security/Secure Storage section, I noticed on the Password tab that there was a value "OS X Keystore Integration" that was prioritized the highest in the "Master password providers" list. I unchecked this and was then asked to enter a master password - something I had never been asked to do before. I entered it and saved, and everything seems back to normal now.

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