Import/Export PGP Keys (Windows)

Article:TECH149035  |  Created: 2007-09-11  |  Updated: 2013-09-11  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH149035
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Issue



This article describes the process to import and export keys in PGP Desktop.

 


Solution



This article describes the process of importing and exporting a PGP key into PGP Desktop.

Import PGP Keys

There are several ways to import someones public key and add it to your keyring.

Double-click Method

  1. Double click the file (e.g. keyname.asc) on your system. If PGP Desktop recognizes the file format, it will open and ask if you want to import the key(s) in the file.
     

Import within PGP Desktop

  1. Open PGP Desktop through the system tray or the Programs/All Programs menu. Pull down the File menu and click Import.
  2. Select the key file (i.e. keyname.asc), and then click Open.
  3. Enter the passphrase protecting the key (if applicable) and click Open.
  4. Click Import. The key is then added to your keyring.
     

Drag and Drop Method

  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. Click PGP Keys so that the list of keys is displayed on the right.
  3. Drag the file containing the public key (e.g. keyname.asc) onto the PGP Keys window, enter the passphrase protecting the key (if applicable).
  4. Click Open, and then click Import. The key will be imported.
     

 

Export PGP Keys

There are several methods available to export keys out of PGP Desktop.

Export within PGP Desktop

  1. Open PGP Desktop. Click PGP Keys to display the keys available for export.
  2. Highlight the PGP key you wish to export, pull down the File menu, and click Export. You may also right click on the key you wish to export and click Export in the drop down menu.
  3. When the Export Key to File window appears, select a location to export the key, and then click Save. The key will then be exported to an .asc file (e.g. keyname.asc) to the location you specified.
     

Note: This will only export the public key. If you wish to include the private key (not recommended unless you are exporting the private key to another machine which you will be using), you may select the check box in the lower left titled "Include Private Key(s)".

Send to method within PGP Desktop - (Public key only)

  1. Open PGP Desktop. Click PGP Keys to display the keys available for export.
  2. Right click on the key you wish to export and point to Send To within the drop down list.
  3. You may send the public key to a keyserver listed in the drop down list, a smart card, or to an email recipient. If you choose a mail recipient, this will open a new mail message and automatically attach the public key.
     

Drag and Drop Method - (Public key only)

  1. Open PGP Desktop. Click PGP Keys to display the keys available for export.
  2. Click and drag the key you wish to export outside of the PGP Desktop window. You may drag the file to your Desktop or a drive/folder of your choice.
     

Copy Public Key Block

  1. Open PGP Desktop. Click PGP Keys to display the keys available for export.
  2. Right-click the key to export, then select Copy Public Key.
  3. You can then paste the key block of the public key to a text file.


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