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Importing your friends' public keys automatically with gpg

Today's post is just a quick one, as I've had a rather busy week that I'm now recovering from :)

Several times over the past few weeks I've been finding myself googling around to try and find a way to download someone's GPG / PGP public key and import it into GPG automatically, so that I can verify their GPG signatures. I'm posting the command here so that I don't have to keep looking for it :D

Here's the command to search for a someone's public key:


gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --search bill@billsboosters.com

The above asks the key server at pgp.mit.edu for GPG keys associated with the email address bill@billsboosters.org. You don't actually have to provide the keyserver - GPG will default to searching keys.gnupg.net.

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