HOW TO: Submit a Public Key to the PGP Global Directory Using PGP Desktop for Mac


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This article describes how to submit a public key to the PGP Global Directory using PGP Desktop for the Macintosh.

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: Please note that 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).

  1. Open Finder, browse to the Applications folder, and double-click
  2. In the left window pane of PGP Desktop, select the keyring that contains your key (the default keyring is called Keys).
  3. Ctrl-click on the key and select Publish to Global Directory....
  4. When the Publish Your Key assistant appears, click Continue to submit your key.
  5. If your key has not already signed the PGP Global Directory server key, you will then be prompted to enter your key passphrase so that your key can be used to sign the PGP Global Directory server key. Enter your passphrase and click Continue.
  6. You will be notified that your key has been successfully submitted. Click Finish.
  7. At this point, the PGP Global Directory is sending an email to the email address(es) on your key.

  8. Now, open your email client and retrieve your email.
  9. Your default Web browser should now be opened to a page that looks something like the following. Click Accept to verify your key.