Key ID format: short or long?

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Oct 21 20:59:18 CEST 2008

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 03:11:29PM -0300, Faramir wrote:
> I was thinking... in case I want to put my key ID in a business card,
> what format should I use? Short format (8 characters) or long format (16
> characters)? With or without the '0x' prefix?
> I suppose it is a matter of tastes, but maybe one way is better than the
> other one...

Personally, I'd put the whole fingerprint on there (and in fact, that
it what I do).  It's not terribly long, and it is the most-specific
way to specify a particular key in OpenPGP.


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