Does GPGTools support WKD/WKS

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09 Sep, 2019 09:43 AM


WKD (or WKS) looks like a quite promising way to distribute public keys. Since GnuPG supports the WKD lookup of keys, I wondered if GPGTools does, too? And if yes, how does it work? However, I haven't found mentions of WKD, so I'm asking here.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 13 Sep, 2019 01:52 PM

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    Hi Metin,

    generally speaking the GnuPG version coming with GPG Suite does support WKD but we have no special support for it in our tools. As the adoption seems to be rather slow at the moment.

    You can add a setting to your ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf to prefer answers via WKD: (search for WKD)

    Adding this setting might lead to unwanted results or not always work as expected, so tread lightly

  2. 2 Posted by Metin on 15 Sep, 2019 10:56 AM

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    Hi Luke,

    Thanks for your reply. I admit that WKD is still new and not adopted well yet, but I think it's an approach that is worth supporting it, so we've added a WKD to our website as a service for PGP aware communication partners.

    As to the configuration settings, I wonder if the settings in ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf will be effective in GPGMail as well?

    I'm confused because in my conf file, no-auto-key-retrieve is set, so I suppose that GPGMail has its own retrieval logic?


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Luke Le on 18 Sep, 2019 05:30 PM

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    GPG Mail doesn't retrieve at all at the moment, rather it does what gnupg is configured to do, which by default in our installations is nothing, but can be changed in System Preferences › GPG Suite › General. If however you configure GnuPG to use WKD it will be used in GPG Mail when you receive a signed email for example automatically since the import happens during verification performed by GnuPG.

    Does that make sense?

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 15 Dec, 2019 01:58 PM.

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