HOW TO: Submit a Public Key to the PGP Global Directory Using a Web Browser (Windows)
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HOW TO: Submit a Public Key to the PGP Global Directory Using a Web Browser (Windows)


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This article details how to submit a public key block to the PGP Global Directory using a Web browser. 


The PGP Global Directory is a public key server hosted by Broadcom's Symantec Encryption team, which offers the following advantages over legacy public key servers:

  • Email verification of key upload, key removal, and re-verification of published keys
  • A limit of one key per email address

Submit Your Key

Note: The PGP Global Directory accepts and publishes modern (version 4) keys, that are not expired or self-revoked. Version 3 RSA (or RSA Legacy) keys, X.509 certificates, Notes IDs, and Exchange IDs are not supported. The PGP Global Directory also does not support keys larger than 500 KB in size (keys with  multiple photo IDs and signatures can be larger than 500 KB).

Although there are several ways to submit a public key to the PGP Global Directory, this answer describes how to copy your key from within PGP Encryption Desktop and paste it into the PGP Global Directory.


  1. Click the PGP Tray lock icon in your system tray and then click Open PGP Encryption Desktop.
  2. Select PGP Keys in the control box and click the keyring that contains your key.
  3. Right-click on the key you wish to submit, then click Copy Public Key.
  4. Open a Web browser and type the following address
  5. Click the link Publish Your Key.
  6. Click the Key Block button.
  7. Right-click inside the text area and select Paste:
  8. After the public key block has been pasted, click the Upload button. At this point, the PGP Global Directory will send a verification email to the email address(es) listed on the public key.
  9. When you are notified that key has been successfully submitted, click Done.
  10. From your email client, open the email from the PGP Global Directory(Verify Your Key).
  11. Click the hyperlink labeled Complete the Verification Process
  12. Click Accept to verify your key.