Detection of sign-only vs. sign-and-encrypt keys

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Jun 22 20:50:43 CEST 2004

On Tue, Jun 22, 2004 at 07:18:37PM +0200, Marcus Frings wrote:
> Hello,
> could anyone please point me to the right section in the man page
> (which I'm obviously missing) how I can find out with a single gpg
> command line option if a key is just a sign-only key or a "normal"
> sign-and-encrypt key?

gpg --with-colons --list-keys (thekey)

Look in the 11th field.  Capital S means the key can sign.  Capital E
means the key can encrypt.  Capital C means the key can certify
(i.e. sign other keys).


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