Command Line

Symantec Command Line powered by PGP Technology enables organizations to quickly and easily integrate encryption into batch processes, scripts, and applications to ensure the security of corporate data at rest or in transit. Whether your challenge is protecting credit card information, financial transactions, payroll, medical records, or other confidential information, Command Line's scriptable encryption is a key part of an organization's data protection tool kit.

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System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise (32- and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (32- and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise (32- and 64-bit versions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (32- and 64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit editions, including Service Pack 1)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit, (including Service Pack 2)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit, (including Service Pack 1 or 2)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit, (including Service Pack 1 and 2)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • HP-UX 11i and above for Itanium 2 and similar processors (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX 5.3 (Technology Levels supported by IBM; as of July 2011, TL 11 and greater), AIX 6.1 (TL 4 and greater), AIX 7.1 (TL 2); PowerPC; 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (x86 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 (x86 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 (x86 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 (x86 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (x86_64)
  • SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10 SP2 (x86), 11 (x86 and x86_64)
  • Oracle Solaris 9 (SPARC, 32-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris 10 (SPARC, 32-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris 10 (x86)
  • Oracle Solaris 10 (x86_64)
  • Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, 64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris 11 (x86_64)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.x (x86)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x (x86)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.2 (x86)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.3 (x86)

Public Key Formats

  • OpenPGP (RFC 4880)
  • X.509 v3

Directory Servers

  • LDAP
  • Symantec Encryption Management Server
  • PGP® Global Directory

Symmetric Key Algorithms

  • AES (up to 256-bit keys)
  • CAST5
  • TripleDES
  • IDEA
  • Twofish
  • Blowfish*
  • Arc4 (128-bit keys)


  • SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512
  • MD5li>
  • RIPEMD-160li>

Public Key Algorithms

  • Diffie-Hellman (up to 4096-bit keys)
  • DSA (1024-bit keys only, verification up to 3072 bits)
  • RSA (up to 4096-bit keys)

Compression Algorithms

  • Zipli>
  • BZip2
  • ZLib

*Support for Blowfish is limited to decrypting existing messages encrypted with Blowfish or encrypting to existing keys that specify Blowfish as the preferred cipher.

Command Line for IBM Power Systems and IBM Mainframes

Command Line products for IBM System i and IBM System z Mainframes can be purchased from Townsend Security. Please see PGP File Encryption for system requirements, features, and purchasing information.


Symantec Encryption Management Server

Symantec Encryption Management Server works together with PGP Command Line to create, organize, distribute, store, and track encryption keys. You can replace the locally managed keys used for your automated file transfer processes with centralized, secure key management from the Encryption Management Server.