How to use proxy in 2021

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23 Oct, 2021 01:51 AM

How can I force GPG Tools through a proxy server (e.g., a local Tor server) in 2021? All the previous suggestions mentioned on this forum no longer seem to work. The only thing that works is to set a system-wide SOCKS proxy in MacOS, but that is a bit too much for my purposes.

In the command line version, the below does the job for me, but doesn't work with GPGTools ... instead, GPGTools wants to go through the system-wide proxy, which is not Tor.

$ cat ~/.gnupg/dirmngr.conf keyserver hkps://

Thank you.

  1. 1 Posted by MisterTom on 23 Oct, 2021 01:54 AM

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    the forum is eating my line breaks .. trying again

    $ cat ~/.gnupg/dirmngr.conf

    keyserver hkps://

  2. 2 Posted by T O 3 CL W on 24 Oct, 2021 11:33 PM

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    GPG Keychain

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 28 Oct, 2021 11:49 AM

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    Sorry, we are currently in the midst of preparing the macOS Monterey release. We will get back to you once that work is done.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 29 Oct, 2021 10:39 AM

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    Hi MisterTom,

    thanks for taking the time to get in touch with this problem.

    The behavior you describe is expected.

    However we have an open feature request to add allow for detection of tor configuration like you are using and then switching to use dirmngr instead of directly contacting the key server. I've added your comments and vote to it. The number of votes is one factor that helps us to determine what feature to add next.

    Unfortunately there's no workaround for this problem at the time being. We're very sorry for that. This discussion will be updated however, when the requested feature is available.

    Have a nice day,

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 29 Oct, 2021 10:39 AM.

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