Remember this little guy over here?

He's no longer with us in Ubuntu 11.10. Now, a friend's sent me an encrypted file using a public key I think I have the key for in my keychain. How can I decrypt it?


To view the keys known by gpg run: gpg --list-keys

Assuming the key pair is still in your system, open a terminal and do:

 gpg -d FILE.pgp

You may get a password prompt if the key requires it.

To encrypt a file, you can do:

gpg -e -r NAME FILE

The -r is for --recipient and is optional. It will prompt you for more input if needed.

  • So the option via nautilus is gone and will be gone? I had the same question and the terminal is not a good alternative for me. – Timo Schneemann Dec 8 '11 at 16:39
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    This can be scripted (note the paths will be different now) fairly easily if you wanted to restore something like the original. – Oli Dec 21 '11 at 2:11

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