Progress on Update for Sierra OS X

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21 Dec, 2016 02:09 PM

Is that being worked on and is there a scheduled release date ?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 21 Dec, 2016 07:45 PM

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    Hey sscotti,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform.

    We are actively working on 10.12 compatibility for GPGMail, our plugin for Apple's Mail, and hope to have a first beta ready soon. The rest of GPG Suite is already properly working on macOS 10.12.

    There's a temporary workaround available using GPGServices which you can use to decrypt and encrypt messages.

    We have connected this discussion to the ticket in our bug tracker and you'll be notified as soon as we have news. Should this ticket be closed in the meantime, it will be re-opened once the ticket status changes.

    If you’re seeing a message when you start Mail that an incompatible plugin has been disabled, please follow these steps to resolve that:

    • shut down
    • open finder
    • navigate to /Library/Mail/Bundles or ~/Library/Mail/Bundles and copy GPGMail.mailbundle to your desktop
    • now delete GPGMail.mailbundle from the original folder

    The reason why the adaption of GPGMail is taking so long, lies in the intricacies of plugin development for Apple does not provide any APIs for This means that they can change everything internally whenever they want and they often do. If you think they should provide an API, so plugins can be prevented from breaking on a regular basis, please let them know via their feedback form.

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by sscotti on 21 Dec, 2016 07:51 PM

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    That is kind of a philosophical issue, open source vs. proprietary development. What often happens is that the best open source software projects get bought up, or adapted, into a commercial project. Apple probably doesn't want to provide an API because they want to protect their intellectual property and assets, while still taking the best open source projects and incorporating it into their own system, while still keeping it closed.

    I did find the workaround, although I did not try the second part yet. The workaround just using the services menu seems to work OK.

    I do have something called MailButler that is an Apple Mail plugin, so not sure how they were able to make that compatible with Apple Mail.

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  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 21 Dec, 2016 07:56 PM

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    GPGMail integrates fairly deeply with So the more complex the plugin, the more headache you'll have while adapting to Apple's changes. In the end it's not so much a question of open or closed source. As long as you have to reverse engineer to find out which part does what, it is a time-consuming process and it's hard to give timelines.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 02 Feb, 2017 06:40 PM

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    GPG Suite 2017.1b2 has been released January 23rd, 2017. Find the release on our website.

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 02 Feb, 2017 06:40 PM.

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