read/parse pubkeys in gpgme without importing

Kristian Fiskerstrand kristian.fiskerstrand at
Tue Oct 25 18:14:58 CEST 2016

On 10/25/2016 04:24 PM, Jeroen Ooms wrote:
> Is there a way to let gpgme read/parse a (set of) keys in memory, without
> actually importing it in the keyring? So suppose I have a file with an
> armored set of keys like this:
> Can I parse this file in gpgme to print the name/email/fingerprints of the
> pubkeys without actually importing into my keyring?

you can always use a temporary keyring, but some import is likely
necessary in order to perform validation of the various packets, in the
general case you also need to ensure the keyblock validity to begin with
through trustdb calculation

Kristian Fiskerstrand
Twitter: @krifisk
Public OpenPGP keyblock at hkp://
fpr:94CB AFDD 3034 5109 5618 35AA 0B7F 8B60 E3ED FAE3
Divide et impera
Divide and govern

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