How do I decrypt a regular old text file?

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Paul Quinlan

16 Feb, 2012 04:49 PM

This is probably a very dumb question, but I'm stumped. I used to use
GPGDropThing on my Mac to encrypt and decrypt sensitive information that
was saved in simple text files on my computer. Then I upgraded to Lion OS.
Suddenly, GPGDropThing no longer worked. Without GPGDropThing, I can't
figure out how to decrypt my encrypted text files!

I just upgraded to the latest version of GPGTools. I don't use Apple mail
at all (just use gmail), so the Apple mail integration doesn't really help
me. How do I take a text file containing an encrypted "message" (i.e. a
text file that starts with '-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----') and decrypt it?

Thanks in advance for your help.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 16 Feb, 2012 04:53 PM

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    Hi Paul,

    GPGTools also installs an OS X services app.
    You should be able to right-click on your file and select Services -> OpenPGP: Decrypt.

    Let me know if it works

  2. Luke Le closed this discussion on 15 Mar, 2012 12:05 AM.

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