This is mainly about trusting my key once I've imported it (by either restoring the pubring.gpg and secring.gpg, or by using --import). Now you've imported your pgp keys into gpg, you can now export them in the gpg format for use in things like git. Purge imported GPG key, cache information and kill agent from runner (Git) Enable signing for Git commits, tags and pushes (Git) Configure and check committer info against GPG key; Prerequisites. So, if you lost or forgot it then you will not be able to decrypt the messages or documents sent to you. STEP 3: Hit the "export private key"-button. I think this is incorrect. To allow other people a method of verifying the public key, also share the fingerprint of the public key in email signatures and even on business cards. As with the --gen-revoke option, either the key ID or any part of the user ID may be used to identify the key to export. You need your private key’s passphrase in order to decrypt an encrypted message or document which is encrypted using your public key. The key is now configured. The public key can decrypt something that was encrypted using the private key. There is a Github Issue which describes how to export the key using the UI. Export the keys to the Yubikey. To send a file securely, you encrypt it with your private key and the recipient’s public key. You can now use it in OpenSSL. Now that we have the private key from Keybase we are ready to import it. # gpg --export-secret-key pgp.sender@pgpsender.com > private_key_sender.asc Verify the generated ASCII Armored keys To generate the another key pair (for PGP Receiver), move the present keys to different location and follow the same steps from the beginning. Create Your Public/Private Key Pair and Revocation Certificate. You don’t have to worry though. Note, that the PKCS#12 format is not very secure and proper transport security should be used to convey the exported key. I’ve been using Keybase for a while and trust them, so I used this as my starting point. Enter your key's passphrase. Use gpg --full-gen-key command to generate your key pair. the next and the final step to complete this process would be to delete both the public and private keys from the gpg keyring with the --delete-secret-and-public-key gpg2 switch. Your private key is meant to be kept private from EVERYONE. STEP 4: Confirm warn message. gpg --export-secret-keys --armor admin@support.com > privkey.asc. This seems to be the case but I can't find anywhere that explicitly confirms this. Also I can export the private key: # gpg --armor --export-secret-keys | wc -l 53 So it seems to be still there, no? GPG relies on the idea of two encryption keys per person. Now he hits the "export private key"-button. $ gpg --export --armor --output bestuser-gpg.pub. (Since the comment on the public key mentions keybase, it seems the latter is more likely. Export the GPG keypair. First, generate a GPG key and export the GPG private key as an ASCII armored version to your clipboard: Now that we’ve created the master keypair—public, private keys & revocation certificate—and used it to create a subkey, we should export it & back it up somewhere safe: $ gpg2 --export-secret-keys --armor 48CCEEDF > 48CCEEDF-private.gpg $ gpg2 --armor --export 48CCEEDF > 48CCEEDF-public.gpg In order to do so, we will select each subkey one by one with the key n command and move it in the card with keytocard. Once GnuPG is installed, you’ll need to generate your own GPG key pair, consisting of a private and public key. We can export the private keys of the subkeys in the smart card. Enter the GPG command: gpg --export-secret-key --armor 1234ABC (where 1234ABC is the key ID of your key) Store the text output from the command in a safe place ( e.g. Armed with the long key ID, use it to export both the public and private keys: Exporting the RSA public and private keys from GPG Keep both of these files safe. This allows me to keep my keys somewhat portable (i.e. It asks you what kind of key you want. $ gpg --output to-bob.gpg --export BAC361F1 $ gpg --armor --export BAC361F1 > my_pubkey.gpg The output will be redirected to my_pubkey.gpg file which has the content of the public key to provide for communication. Import the Key. Select the path and the file name of the output file. $ gpg --export-secret-keys -a keyid > my_private_key.asc $ gpg --export -a keyid > my_public_key.asc Where keyid is your PGP Key ID, such as A1E732BB. Paste the text below, substituting in the GPG key ID you'd like to use. Finally he chooses a file, where he wants to save the key. alice% gpg --output alice.gpg --export alice@cyb.org The key is exported in a binary format, but this can be inconvenient when the key is to be sent though email or published on a web page. Exporting gpg keys. @wwarlock - in your case it means you never hosted an encrypted copy of your private key on keybase. The default is to create a RSA public/private key pair and also a RSA signing key. As the name implies, this part of the key should never be shared . STEP 5: Choose file. Secondly he opens the key property dialog of his key through the context menu. You can backup the entire ~/.gnupg/ directory and restore it as needed. The private key will start with-----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----and end with-----END PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----The exported key is written to privkey.asc file. Hint 1: gpg calls private keys 'secret' because PGP dates from before people settled on the names 'private' key for the half of an asymmetric pair held by (ideally) only one party versus 'secret' key for a symmetric value usually held by two or more mutually trusting parties but nobody else.. man gpg2 | less "+/export-secret" then n (go to second match) shows: $ gpg --homedir ./gnupg-test --export-secret-subkeys --armor --output secret-subkey_sign.gpg 0x1ED73636975EC6DE! > Becuase of passphrase is not provided gpg-agent can't give gpg the > private key. Are the exported private keys gotten by executing gpg --export-secret-keys still encrypted and protected by their passphrase? Each person has a private key and a public key. Or perhaps Andrey tries to export an *unprotected* private key using GnuPG 2.1. how to export the private and public parts of subkeys independently for each subkey? It allows you to decrypt/encrypt your files and create signatures which are signed with your private key. Export Your Public Key. I can use them on multiple devices) while preventing my keys from leaking if anyone accesses my machine without my permission. --export-secret-key-p12 key-id. In the following example, the GPG key ID is 3AA5C34371567BD2: $ gpg --armor --export 3AA5C34371567BD2 # Prints the GPG key, in ASCII armor format; Upload the GPG key by adding it to your GitHub account. Permalink. either (a) you brought in a key from the outside, or (b) you generated one with keybase, but opted out of keybase hosting the private key. Submit your public keys to a keyserver To export only one particular subkey, the subkey ID can be specified with an “!” exclamation mark at the end of the key ID instructs gpg to only export this particular subkey(s). are subkeys well 'individual' pairs of (private key, public key)? This is the main reason people try to use keybase and gpg together. 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