GPG Keychain: unable to access keyserver

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Stephen Rosenfeld

16 Jul, 2019 08:07 PM

As noted above. Text is:

Search keys failed! (Server indicated a failure)
Code = 219
Error text:
gpg: error searching keyserver: Server indicated a failure
gpg: keyserver search failed: Server indicated a failure

Also, when I go into Settings to select a key server, it tells me all of them are unreachable.

to be able to connect to the key server!

macOS                   10.14.5     18F203
GPG Suite               2018.5      2368    (6f26711)
GPG Mail                3.0.1       1330    (807c323e)  30 trial days remaining
GPG Keychain            1.4.6       1514    (560b5a9)
GPG Services            1.11.6      1056    (ad0c960)
MacGPG                  2.2.10      921     (b487092)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.4       1077    (ad934a9)
Libmacgpg               0.8.7       895     (78f424a)
pinentry                1.1.0       10      (1ff8803)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 22 Jul, 2019 01:45 PM

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    Hi Stephen,

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

    Unfortunately there are a variety of reasons why a key search can fail.

    Is there any chance that you are using Little Snitch or any other firewall on your Mac? If so, please temporarily disable that software and repeat your search.

    Can you let us know which key server address you see in GPG Keychain > Preferences > Key Server. What happens if you switch to the other default key servers in the list?

    In an upcoming release we will switch the default key server to Our nightly build includes MacGPG 2.2.17 and adds support for the new key server.

    We have two KB articles covering this:

    All the best,

    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet - bugs or crashes are to be expected. Thanks for helping us test.

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