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


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This article decribes how to submit a public key to the PGP Global Directory using a Web browser?

The PGP Global Directory is a public key server hosted by PGP Corporation, 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 Desktop and paste it into the PGP Global Directory.


  1. Open Finder, browse to the Applications folder, and double-click
  2. Inside the Items pane of PGP Desktop, select the keyring that contains your key (the default keyring is called Keys):
  3. Control-click on the key you wish to submit, then click Export To Clipboard:
  4. Open a Web browser and type the following address:
  5. Click the button labeled Upload a Key Block:
  6. Right-click inside the small Upload Public Key area, then select Paste:
  7. 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 you uploaded:
  8. When you are notified that key verification is pending, click Done:
  9. Now open your email client and retrieve your email. Then open the Verify Your Key email from the PGP Global Directory and click the green hyperlink labeled Complete the Verification Process:
  10. Your default Web browser should now be opened to a page that looks something like the following. Click Accept to verify your key: