I created a PGP Key using Seahorse in Ubuntu's Passwords and Keys (13.04). To my understanding, creating a revocation certificate for the PGP key is important for a couple of reasons.

I don't see any way of creating the revocation certificate in Ubuntu. I would appreciate some direction with this issue.

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If you're fine with using the command line, this is easily done using gpg --gen-revoke.

The revocation certificate is stored in revoke.asc (in your home directory if you do not change anything else) and you should replace mykey by your key id.

gpg --output revoke.asc --gen-revoke mykey

Remember to store it in a save place, for example by printing it to a QR code or something similar.

  • Thank you Jens. Just clarifying, only if this revoked certificate is published that my existing key becomes revoked. Is that right? Thanks again.
    – rahi
    Jul 23, 2013 at 13:55
  • Yes that's right. As soon as you share that certificate (eg. by uploading it to key servers) and others update your key they will have it marked as "revoked".
    – Jens Erat
    Jul 23, 2013 at 16:09

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