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HOW TO: Upload a key to the PGP Global Directory (Windows)


Article ID: 180173


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Desktop Email Encryption




This article describes how to upload a key file to the PGP Global Directory.

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. Click the PGP Tray lock icon in your system tray and then click Open PGP Desktop:
  2. Select PGP Keys in the control box and select the keyring that contains your key:
  3. Right-click on the key you wish to submit, and then click Export:
  4. Click Save to save your public key.
  5. Now open a Web browser and type the following address (or just click this link to open the PGP Global Directory in a new window/tab):
  6. Click the link Publish Your Key.
  7. Click Browse to search for your public key.
  8. Select your key and click Open.
  9. Click Upload.
  10. When you are notified that key has been successfully submitted, click Done.
  11. From your email client, open the email from the PGP Global Directory(Verify Your Key).
  12. Click the hyperlink labeled Complete the Verification Process
  13. Your default Web browser should open to a page that looks similar to the following. Click Accept to verify your key:


Your key is now published in the directory with one email address. If there are multiple email addresses on your key, you must repeat steps 9-10 for each email address you wish to publish.

For information about downloading, importing, signing, and trusting the verification key, or for a tutorial about how to do so, please refer to the following article:The PGP Global Directory Verification Key.