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Can I decrypt PGP from the command line using PPG desktop

Created: 12 Apr 2013 • Updated: 11 Jun 2013 | 5 comments
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I'd like to be able to decrypt a PGP file into a text file using the command line. I realize there's the PGP Command line utility which is probably the best solution, but is there anyway to achieve this with pgp desktop? Possibly using ppgwde?

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W007's picture

yes you can decrypt

HOW TO: Decrypt a Partition using the pgpwde Command-line Utility
Article:TECH149110 | Created: 2008-01-30 | Updated: 2012-10-03 | Article URL

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offbeatbop's picture

I read through it but i only see options to decrypt entire partitions. I want t decrypt a single file someone sent me, using a private key and passphrase i was provided with. I'd like to have it output to a file.

dfinkelstein's picture

No, PGP Desktop does not include a command line tool that can decrypt PGP files.


David Finkelstein

Symantec R&D

KimberlyO's picture

Does the Symantec (PGP) Encryption Desktop 10.3 version come with a .dll  I can reference in C# code for a custom service that will encrypt/decrypt individual files?


dfinkelstein's picture

Symantec PGP products use the PGP SDK for encryption.  Depending on your use case, you may be permitted to utilize the PGP SDK:

If your use case falls outside what is permitted, you will need to get a different license from Symantec.  In that case, I can put you in contact with the Product Manager for the PGP SDK.

There is no C# interface to the PGP SDK.



David Finkelstein

Symantec R&D