GPG Keychain: error while searching...

almuawak's Avatar


23 Aug, 2020 05:01 AM

Search keys failed! (No keyserver available)
Code = 186
Error text:
gpg: no keyserver known (use option --keyserver)
gpg: keyserver search failed: No keyserver available

I expected the file to be verified.

Additional info
Was trying to look up for a public address “0x2bd5824b7f9470e6” in the search for public key when I go that error window above

macOS                   10.11.6     15G2201
GPG Suite               2018.3      2223    (8d0c266)
GPGMail                 2.6.5       1292    (b2999630)
GPG Keychain            1.4.4       1460    (9010342)
GPGServices             1.11.4      1013    (0b04f6c)
MacGPG                  2.2.8       916     (0ed4a99)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.2       997     (1a09bc7)
Libmacgpg               0.8.5       863     (0707962)
pinentry           9       (db18340)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 23 Aug, 2020 02:34 PM

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    Hi almuawak,

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

    There are a few aspects to your problem. First you are using an old version of GPG Suite which is no longer supported. That also means there is no support for the new key server which provides a much more reliable key server.

    Can you let us know which key server you see in GPG Keychain > Preferences > Key server. Sadly, the old sks key servers have become rather unreliable and we no longer recommend using them.

    Your best bet would be to update macOS, if your hardware allows.


  2. Steve closed this discussion on 04 Sep, 2020 10:06 AM.

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