PGP Desktop and GPG

Bruce Cowin bdc at
Thu Mar 15 02:28:31 CET 2007

Thanks David.  But if I'm only encrypting files for others (and not decrypting any), then I only need to export their public key, right?  My private key doesn't come into it, does it?

Thanks again.



>>> David Shaw <dshaw at> 15/03/2007 2:00 p.m. >>>
On Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 10:45:27AM +1300, Bruce Cowin wrote:

> If I have generated a key using PGP Desktop, would I be able to
> import and use that key with GnuPG?  Our subscription to PGP Desktop
> is about to expire and it says the functionality will be reduced to
> that of PGP Freeware.  All we do with it is encrypt files (not
> emails), so I think this is ok.  I'm not sure if the PGP Desktop gui
> interface will stop working or not, so thought we could use GnuPG
> and Gpg4Win which we currently use on another project to replace PGP
> Desktop.

The short answer is yes, any key you generate with a roughly recent
PGP Desktop can be used with GnuPG, and vice versa.  Just export it
from one (remember to export the secret key too) and import it into
the other.


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