How do I use gpg to decrypt encrypted files????

Erik Lotspeich erik at
Wed Sep 9 23:21:07 CEST 2009

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You'll likely want to redirect the decrypted output to a file.  I'm no
expert on the DOS/Windows command-line, so I don't know if this would
work there.  On Linux/Unix, I'd do this:

gpg -d <asc filename> > <output_filename>

Note the ">" redirection operator.



BosseB wrote:
> I have a number of encrypted files, which I need to decrypt. I have
> installed GPG 1.4.9 on my Windows XP-Pro SP3 PC. I have the necessary
> keyrings and they work with Thunderbird and Enigmail.
> But as I said I need to decrypt files that are on my hard disk, not in
> an email....
> I tried this command in a command window:
>  gpg -d <asc filename>
> I got a prompt for my passphrase and as soon as I entered this the
> window filled with large amounts of strange characters and the PC
> speaker started to beep and never would stop.
> I finally had to use ProcessExplorer and kill the cmd process to get
> silence. :-(
> What is the correct procedure to decrypt a file thta has been
> encrypted with my public key?
> And is there no way to use some kind of GUI tool to do this so the
> masses of option codes are automatically used?
Version: GnuPG v2.0.9 (GNU/Linux)
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