GPG Keychain: No way to create a key pair for iCloud Custom Domain alias email address

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Todd Ingram

29 Sep, 2021 03:54 PM

Apple has introduced the ability to have a custom domain associated with your iCloud account. It seems as though this email address acts more as an alias into the account than a separate email address. I am switching my primary email to my iCloud custom domain but am unable to create a key pair in GPG Keychain as it is not selectable from the "Email" field in the "Create new key pair" dialog. Is this something that could be put in place or, at a minimum, allow me to fill in the email address with my own text rather than just selecting from the listed accounts?

  1. 1 Posted by Todd Ingram on 29 Sep, 2021 05:33 PM

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    I did find I could create a key from within terminal and import it into the GPG Keychain and it seems to work. It would still be helpful/easier to be able to do this within the UI.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 29 Sep, 2021 09:52 PM

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    Hi Todd,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry to hear you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    Thanks for bringing up the question about how to handle custom domain associated with iCloud accounts. The email field you were referencing during the key creation process can freely be edited. The suggestions are taking from your personal address card in contacts. So if you add the email in question to that address card it should show up in the drowdown, or you can just edit the email address to whatever you need it to be.

    Keep in mind that in most cases using a single key with userIDs to cover multiple email addresses is the preferred method to having a separate key per email address.

    This KB-article explains how to add more than one email address to an existing key. The email addresses in a key are called userIDs and you can add as many as you want. You can of course also create an additional key for the other email address.

    Important: Note that all email addresses you add to a single key can be connected to one identity. Depending on your use-case this might be wanted or should be avoided. Please consider that first and then proceed.

    All the best,

  3. 3 Posted by Todd Ingram on 30 Sep, 2021 04:30 AM

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    Well call me unobservant. I had assumed the dropdown only populated with known accounts and did not notice that I could key in whatever I wanted there. I also read through the article about potentially adding additional emails to the same key pair.

    Thank you very much for your help. Feel free to close this issue as you more than answered my question.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 30 Sep, 2021 07:40 AM

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    Glad this is solved for you. I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.


  5. Steve closed this discussion on 30 Sep, 2021 07:40 AM.

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