Then gpg --list-secret-keys should work as it would above. Thus you can not use "--card-status" to get the card to work. Generating Keys: You can generate GPG keys in Python as follows: >>> key = gpg.gen_key(input_data) iput_data specifies the parameters to GnuPG. You can put the public key in source control so that developers can add new secrets quickly and easily. The number of keys imported will be available in import_result.count and the fingerprints of the imported keys will be in import_result.fingerprints. If you exported the private keys (--export-secret-keys), --import them.GnuPG before version 2.1 cannot merge private keys, so you'd need to completely remove the key and import it again (don't forget to --edit-key the key and check whether it still has ultimate trust assigned through the trust command). Obviously, that should match the person you received it from. 23.2k 3 3 gold badges 33 33 silver badges 54 54 bronze badges. gpg --export-secret-key -a "User Name" > private.key This will create a file called private.key with the ascii representation of the private key for User Name. If the missing secret key is stored on a smart card / USB token, please see the next section. There's a note (*) at the bottom explaining why you may want to do this. There are two caveats, however. For instance: the secret key has been stolen or became available to the wrong people, the UID has been changed, the key is not large enough anymore, etc. gpg --import chrisroos-secret-gpg.key gpg --import-ownertrust chrisroos-ownertrust-gpg.txt Method 3. It's pretty much like exporting a public key, but you have to override some default protections. Not done yet, you still need to ultimately trust a key. Conclusion Re-import missing secret keys by opening Terminal.app and pasting the following command: gpg --import < ~/.gnupg/secring.gpg. ... gpg: key 13AFCE85 marked as ultimately trusted public and secret key created and signed. Should the secret key still be missing after this command and it's not stored on a smart card / USB token, please create a new discussion. Also: Voting to migrate to SU. Now we have notions on the principles to use and generate a public key. gpg --allow-secret-key-import --import otherwise it will only import the public keys, not the private keys. Setup¶ To set things up, first generate a keypair. secret_keyring: specified value is used as the name of the secret keyring file . This has now been fixed. gpg --import chrisroos-secret-gpg.key gpg --import-ownertrust chrisroos-ownertrust-gpg.txt Method 3. (running gpg --card-status with the key plugged in and the key not plugged in did not solve the problem. Generate a new key: gpg --gen-key # or, generate a new key with dialogs for all options gpg --full-gen-key List public keys: gpg -k gpg --list-keys List secret keys: gpg -K gpg --list-secret-keys Using a keyserver. gniibe renamed this task from GnuPG 2.1 cannot import secret keys with missing primary key to GnuPG 2.1 cannot import secret keys from GnuPG secring.gpg directly (if it is expired by original expiration date). @ObsessiveFOSS It's my key and I'm the only one who knows the secret key (I assume that's why it's called a secret key). This is useful if you are on a new computer or a fresh install and you need to import your key from a backup. These key servers are used to house people’s public keys from all over the world. I cannot determine why the imported gpg public key won't work and why gpg complains that a secret key is needed. In the first article in this series, I explained how to use your GPG key to authenticate your SSH connections. Once the extensions are loaded it is straightforward to import a PGP 2.x key pair using the option import. This seems to be what I do the most as I either forget to import the trustdb or ownertrust. When I tried to import the secret keys gpg told me to migrate ‘secring.gpg’ by running gpg --card-status and processed but not changed 1 key. – sorush-r Sep 22 '12 at 19:24 Ultimately trust the imported key. You must not export a private key from PGP 2.x as an ASCII-armored file. Because PGP 2.x predates the OpenPGP specification, the armored message header PGP 2.x uses is not compliant with OpenPGP. Generating a fresh key per CI run would take it even further. The key is imported, and you are shown the name and email address associated with that key. Signing file 'Release' with gpg, please enter your passphrase when prompted: gpg: no default secret key: secret key not available gpg: signing failed: secret key not available ERROR: unable to publish: unable to detached sign file: exit status 2 You are unable to sign the Release file because the keyring secring.gpg is missing a GPG key. This is the case, when you generate a new key. First, generate a GPG key and export the GPG private key as an ASCII armored version to your clipboard: I also remember decryption/encryption algorithms, email and the comment used in key. The public key and user IDs are not stored on the smart card. No python libraries are required as of the 2015.8.0 release. # Import the public key $ keybase pgp export | gpg --import # Import the private key $ keybase pgp export -s | gpg --allow-secret-key-import --import During the second command, you may be asked by keybase to authenticate and create a passphrase for the key. gpg --recv-keys KEY_ID. If you have an existing key you want to import, that key must be a RSA 2048 bit key. gpg --import key.gpg gpg --import key.asc Only merge updates for keys already in key-ring: gpg --import key.asc --merge-options merge-only Managing your keyring . As others persons can use your public key to send you a message, you can import public from people you trust in to communicate with them. Use different key ring List keys but use a different home directory for one command only… If you re-setup your computer, you need to import your private key again from a backup like this: cat secring.gpg|gpg --import Then you have to set it as default key and trust it ultimately using kgpg. For several reasons you may want to revoke an existing key. Ultimately trust the imported key. That was not intended because we do not want to allow importing arbitrary keys or subkeys if the don't have a corresponding public (sub)key with the mandatory key-binding signature. – Tobi Nary Apr 29 '18 at 21:42. add a comment | 7 Answers Active Oldest Votes. >>> import_result = gpg. As an addition, you can also backup the GPG trust database. Only the secret key(s) are stored on the smart card by MacGPG. To start working with GPG you need to create a key pair for yourself. By default, it creates an RSA key of 1024 bits. Cryptographically encrypt mails. Creating a GPG Key Pair. A way around this is to import your existing SSH keys into your GPG key. 4. gpg --delete-secret-keys XXXXXXXX # Public keys # Use the ID listed with --list-keys gpg --delete-keys XXXXXXXX Import a key. If you have been provided with their key in a file, you can import it with the following command. You can then take that and tell GPG to fetch that key with. import_keys (key_data) This will import all the keys in key_data. ; The secring.gpg file is the keyring that holds your secret keys; The pubring.gpg file is the keyring that holds your holds public keys. gpg: use option “–delete-secret-keys” to delete it first. And, if you're like me, you also don't want to have to log into every server you use to update the authorized_keys file. Apr 13 2018, 6:57 AM Use gpg with the --gen-key option to create a key pair. Read these carefully and make sure to store your passwords using a password manager. That will not only create the pubring.kbx file the first time you run it, but also fetch your public key to match the private key you already put in place with the SOME_LONG_ID.key file. The owner trust export is no private key backup, but contains trust you issued. If you need to import a key you can use the following command. 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