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Exporting PGP Private Key that was a Cert

Created: 23 Aug 2012 | 3 comments


I imported a cert into PGP Desktop to be used as an encryption key when I setup PGP Desktop. Now I need to export the private key. I have tried the following:

  1. Click on the key
  2. File -> Export -> Key

The issue is the option Include Private Key has been grayed out.

Is there another way to do it?

I have a feeling that importting the cert as my PGP key, it does not create a private key.



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Think21st's picture

backup  C:\Users\???\Documents\PGP\      pubring.pkr + secring.skr   

ChaoticMachinery's picture

That does not contain any private keys. I imported them into GPG to double check.

Thanks though for the suggestion,


dfinkelstein's picture

Certificates do not contain private keys, only public keys.  Did you import a certificate, or a PKCS#12?

You can look at the key in PGP Desktop and the key icon will indicate if the private key is present.


David Finkelstein

Symantec R&D