HOW TO: Search the PGP Global Directory for a Key


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This article describes how to search for a key on the PGP Global Directory

You can search the PGP Global Directory directly via a web browser or using PGP Desktop.


Search the PGP Global Directory Using a Web Browser

  1. Type the address in a web browser
  2. The Welcome Screen appears.
  3. Enter the name or email address of the person whose key you are trying to find in the Key Search field. Note that it is necessary to enter the entire name or email address (not just a part of it). Note: you can also use the Advanced tab to specify a KeyID for example.
  4. Click Search.
  5. The Search Results window appears with any found keys listed at the bottom of the window.
  6. Click the down arrow on the right side of the key you wish to download.


Search the PGP Global Directory Using PGP Desktop 9.x

1. Open PGP Desktop.

2. On the menu bar, click Tools and then Search for Keys. The Search for Keys window appears.

3. Click the down arrow to the right of Search to select where to search for keys. To search the PGP Global Directory, select If this does not appear as an option to select, you must add the PGP Global Directory to your server list by doing the following:


  • From the PGP Desktop menu, select Tools>Edit Keyservers.
  • Click Add on the PGP Keyservers List.
  • Fill in the Server Information as follows:

    Type: PGP Global Directory LDAP
    Port: click Default (389)

  • Click OK and then click OK again to exit the PGP Keyservers List screen.
  • On the Search for Keys Window, enter the search criteria and click Search.
  • If the key you are looking for does not appear, you can modify the search criteria and search again.

To add a found key to your local keyring:


  1. Highlight the user by clicking on the desired user's name.
  2. In the left column, under PGP Keys, three new options will appear when a user is highlighted.
  3. Click on the Add to My Keyring option. If you then click above that on All Keys, you will see that the users public key was added to the local keyring.