The email address that I used in my PGP key has changed.

What should I do to update the key with my new email address (apart from uploading second key)?

  • Refer this – user224082 Jun 11 '14 at 13:17

You can add multiple UIDs containing multiple e-mail addresses to an OpenPGP key. To do so, run (or use a graphical user interface of your choice, procedures should be similar):

  • Edit your own key

    gpg --edit-key [your-key-id]
  • Add a user ID


    Now GnuPG runs some kind of assistent asking you what to include.

  • Save your key

  • Upload the modified key to the key servers

    gpg --send-keys [your-key-id]

After uploading a key, it will take some minutes/hours until it is gossiped to all key servers. Remember that signatures are per-UID, you might want to ask your friends to resign your key if they signed your first UID. Revoking an old UID would also remove all incoming signatures to that UID.

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  • so I can also edit this key in the Seahorse GUI and just resend it? – Fih Jun 12 '14 at 0:53
  • Yes, that works totally fine. – Jens Erat Jun 12 '14 at 9:21

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