MacGPG: Is gpg-wks-client included with gpgtools?

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30 Jul, 2019 02:47 PM

I'm looking to set up Web Key Directory hosting for some keys, following the guide on the GnuPG Wiki.

It seems that the version of GnuPG installed via GPGtools, 2.2.15, should have gpg-wks-client, but I'm struggling to find it:

gpg-wks-client: command not found

Am I doing something wrong?

  1. 1 Posted by Neil on 31 Jul, 2019 08:47 PM

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    Yes, I was doing something wrong!

    I missed this line in the manual:

    "gpg-wks-client is not commonly invoked directly and thus it is not installed in the bin directory."

    And they are right. For macOS, it is installed at:


    And so I was able to create the requisite folder structure and data in ~/Desktop with this modification of the example command:

    export PATTERN="@my.domain" gpg --list-options show-only-fpr-mbox -k $PATTERN | /usr/local/MacGPG2/libexec/gpg-wks-client -v --install-key -C ~/Desktop/

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Luke Le on 31 Jul, 2019 10:05 PM

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    Hi Neil,

    that is exactly right. Generally we build everything GnuPG vanilla does, so if a tool is mentioned in GnuPG docs it will be in /usr/local/MacGPG2 as well.

    Glad this is solved for you.

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 02 Oct, 2019 10:41 AM.

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