How do I copy the keychain to another machine?

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Just me..

04 Aug, 2012 05:39 PM

Platform OSX 10.8, ~/Library directory made visible (thank you, Apple).
Latest version of GPGTools loaded (GPGMail disabled on latest version of Mail, but I mostly use Thunderbird anyway so I'll just wait :).

Problem: I would like to copy the GPG keychain to another machine, but I cannot find where it is, and there are no docs on that subject either.. It would be rather good to know this as it also allows for an independent backup.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 04 Aug, 2012 05:53 PM

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    unfortunately we have almost no documentation as you're already discovered, but we're planning on improving in that area soon.

    There are basically two ways to do this:
    1.) Export all keys from GPG Keychain Access and Import them on your other machine with GPG Keychain Access
    2.) copy the .gnupg folder located in your home directory to your home directory on another Mac

    Since you seem a bit Terminal savvy from unhiding the Library folder that should help you already.

    If it doesn't please let us know and I explain in detail.

  2. 2 Posted by Just me.. on 04 Aug, 2012 06:51 PM

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    Argh - the one thing I didn't do was look at ~/ so I missed this (I tend to only unhide things if it's really necessary).

    Yup, contained the usual suspects, thanks.

    Issue closed.

  3. Just me.. closed this discussion on 04 Aug, 2012 06:52 PM.

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