how to change the default symmetric cipher

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Aug 31 14:09:14 CEST 2010

On 8/31/2010 1:08 AM, Alex Smily wrote:
> now my question is how to choose the symmetric encryption algorithm
> among the available ciphers in GNUPG.

First, think about whether you need to.  Most people don't.  GnuPG works
just fine out of the box without any tweaking.

That said, look at adding the line:

	personal-cipher-preferences [list]

... to your gpg.conf file.  For instance, if I'd like to use Blowfish
whenever possible, and 3DES if the person I'm communicating with doesn't
understand Blowfish, I'd put:

	personal-cipher-preferences blowfish 3des

... in my gpg.conf file.

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