Command Line Use of GPG

John Clizbe John at
Fri Feb 20 16:07:54 CET 2009

Kara wrote:
> For some reason the following approach won't let me access GPG:
>     1.  "Start | Run" gpg --edit-key deadbeef.
>     2.  C:\Documents and Settings\Kara> gpg --edit-key deadbeef
>     3.  C:\> gpg --edit-key deadbeef
> In each of the above attempts, the resulting error message is:
> 'gpg' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable
> program or batch file."
> Once I can access GPG via the command line, I know what to do from
> that point on.

At a command prompt, use the command


to verify the directory containing gpg.exe is part of the search path.
The default is C:\Program Files\Gnu\GnuPG.

If not, you may add it in Control Panel --> System --> Advanced -->
Environment Variables.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:John (a)
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     mailto:pgp-public-keys at

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A:"An odd melody / island voices on the winds / surplus of vowels"

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