Paper backup of all keys

MyCraigs List mycraigsl at
Sat Feb 4 03:53:05 CET 2017

Thanks Antony.  I got the txt files of the secret keys.....I hope.  I wonder if there's a way to get the public, private and ID and associated email addresses all backed up into a nice neat txt file?

So good.


On Fri, 2/3/17, antony at <antony at> wrote:

 Subject: Re: Paper backup of all keys
 To: "MyCraigs List" <mycraigsl at>, gnupg-users at
 Date: Friday, February 3, 2017, 8:23 PM
 On February 3, 2017 6:28:03 PM EST,
 MyCraigs List <mycraigsl at>
 >I want a paper backup of all the keys I have for an
 email an address.
 >How is this done?  (I have printed out my private
 key in the
 >past....don't remember how I did it or if I did it
 Just off the top of my head, I believe it can be done with:
 gpg -a --export-secret-keys [key-id] > secret_key.txt
 This creates a text file with the ASCII armored private key
 file which can then be printed.
 >Also, let's say the key associated with the email
 address (not a paper
 >backup) gets corrupted or I delete it or render the key
 unuseable- can
 >the paper backup of the key be used to type the key back
 You can type the key into a text file, say secret_key.txt,
 and then do:
 gpg --import secret_key.txt
 You could name it secret_key.asc as well. Not sure if that
 matters (I don't think it does).
 This is just off the top of my head since I'm not at my
 computer at the moment to verify, but that's the gist of

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