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Eclipse Workbench User Guide
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Secure storage runtime options

Changing location of secure storage

By default, secure storage is located in your home directory. On Windows that typically resolves to "C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\.eclipse\". This location is selected to allow multiple Eclipse-based applications to share the same secure storage.

If you would like to modify the location of the default secure storage, you can use the "-eclipse.keyring <file_path>" runtime option. The <file_path> is a path to the file which is used to persist the secure storage data.

The current location of the default secure storage can be found on the General > Security > Secure Storage preferences page.

Password file

The password provider mechanism can be bypassed if you specify the "-eclipse.password <file path>" runtime option. In this case the contents of the file you specified as the argument will be used as a master password. While this option is valuable in some circumstances (such as headless applications), the protection of the password file becomes a consideration. The password file can be protected by the operating system access rights and/or by placing it on a removable storage, such as a USB key.

Related concepts
Secure storage
How secure storage works
Password recovery
Life of a master password

Related reference
Secure storage preference page

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