Will not work on macOSX Sierra

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15 Jun, 2016 01:35 AM

Note from GPGTools, December 30

Hi all,

yesterday, December 29th, we have sent an email to all of the watchers in this discussion.
Unfortunately we couldn't simply use our support platform to notify all watchers, since we were told that if the number of watchers exceeds a certain amount, no more email notifications will be sent.
Once we have received some feedback from our users, we will release the beta on our website and also through our beta update channel.

To clarify some things mentioned in this discussion:

  • Crash reporting is optional. You will be asked if you want to opt-in the first time GPGMail discovers a crash.

  • The reports certainly do not include any keys (neither secret nor public). They are standard macOS crash reports and you can find them under ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ to see what they look like

For those who just recently subscribed to the discussion, the email from yesterday is reproduced in full below.

Hope you all have a good start into the new year. Enjoy your celebrations!

<3 and ☀

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GPGMail for macOS 10.12 Sierra (Beta 1)

A long year is coming to an end and we are all looking forward to some cosy and fun festivities to welcome the new year.
But before, we wanted to finally reward your patience. So after a painful and long waiting time, extensive reverse engineering and re-writing of major parts of our codebase, we are very happy to share the first beta of GPGMail for macOS Sierra with you.


SHA256: 2bb29067e7f2705a51b22f23080ca767bba4735ce16711a7d950e582737e8aaf
GPG Signature: https://releases.gpgtools.org/GPG_Suite-2016.12b1.dmg.sig

As with every beta we don't recommend using it in a production environment just yet, since bugs and crashes may occur.
Please report any bugs you find via System Preferences > GPGPreferences > Send Report.

We have added optional crash reporting to GPGMail in order for us to better understand when and where crashes are occuring.

We wish you the very best and happy festivities,

your GPGTools Team



* If multiple private keys are available for the same email address, GPGMail currently picks one at random to sign the message
* Some messages might not load correctly. If you can provide us with an example .eml file we'd love to debug the issue.
* If you cancel the pinentry request for signing upon sending a message it might lead to unexpected behavior
* Inline PGP is currently not supported at all, PGP/MIME will be used instead
* "BCC" recpients are currently not treated differently from "TO" or "CC" recipients (gnupg --hidden-recipients option not currently in use)
* The GPGMail Preferences layout is a bit wonky (Mail -> Preferences -> GPGMail)
* Keys that are imported using gnupg cli or GPG Keychain might require a restart of Mail in order to be picked up by GPGMail
* Mail rules for signed or encrypted messages will not work for PGP/MIME signed/encryted messages.

To receive further betas, make sure you are on the beta update channel. Open System Preferenes > GPGPreferences and in the Updates section check the option to 'Include beta builds'. Consider enabling auto-updates to ensure you receive notifications about further beta updates.


Original first post was:
The entire suit will not work on macOSX Sierra. Hope you have went throught your way from Yosemite to El Capitain to Sierra.
Good Luck

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  1. 61 Posted by Open on 04 Oct, 2016 05:34 PM

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    I don't feel comments like #60 valuable, since just saying "Apple is shit" (I'm paraphrasing) doesn't make the lack of communication from gpgtools.org better.

    Also - whether shiny or not it not a real argument, since with this habit we could have all stood in caves and still hunt what we eat. It would be better, if project members would clarify what the status is (also referencing the above post that talks of inactivity on the source code side), as one could also get the feeling that this is not about a secure system (as #60 says) but about a stalled project. Also security holes can be much better found and fixed by people like me, if the code is handed out early and bugs can be reported if betas are released. None of this is happening here.

  2. 62 Posted by joss.brown on 04 Oct, 2016 07:06 PM

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    Ever considered that the delay could be due to the 10.12.1 update? Users have reported lots of problems with Apple Mail on the initial Sierra release, so it's not crazy to assume that Apple might have to apply some major fixes, which could also impact the plugins. PS: MailHub hasn't been updated either, except for an early beta, and they want money for their software! :)

  3. 63 Posted by sjcjonker on 06 Oct, 2016 05:45 AM

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    Hi all,

    It's too bad the GPGTools suite is not yet ready for Sierra, but in all honesty it's about the only workable GPG/PGP solution for OSX (Or should I say macOS now). IIRC none of the team working on this is doing this as their $dayjob. So you want GPGTools support them instead of complaining.

    The support and appreciation can be shown at: https://gpgtools.org/donate.html

    Every little bit helps. I just donated, as I do around every major OSX release.

    Without wanting to disappoint the team too much, want this fixed? Complain at Apple to pay these guys a nice amount of money for their hard (privacy protecting) work and let them re-use the code and included it in macOS. They are using privacy as a unique selling point, but for mail the only thing they offer is s/mime....

  4. Support Staff 64 Posted by Steve on 06 Oct, 2016 12:35 PM

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    Dear all,

    we're still hard at work on GPGMail for Sierra. Unfortunately it's not yet in beta status. You'll get your hands on it, as soon as it is.

    We've posted a temporary workaround to decrypt/encrypt/sign your message using GPGServices.

    For those who are not familiar with the intricacies of plugin development for Mail.app, Apple does not provide any APIs for Mail.app. Which means that they can change everything internally whenever they want and they often do. If you think they should provide an API, so plugins can be prevented from breaking on a regular basis, please let them know via their feedback form.

    All the best,

  5. 65 Posted by Christian Göbel on 06 Oct, 2016 08:01 PM

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    I just want to reply to this ticket to get noticed as soon as an update is available.



  6. 66 Posted by Bruce on 06 Oct, 2016 08:53 PM

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    Feedback submitted to Apple as requested, good luck with the development Steve

  7. 67 Posted by Yann Esposito on 07 Oct, 2016 09:34 AM

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    I'm just replying to get noticed.

    All the best!

  8. 68 Posted by Valentin Montmi... on 07 Oct, 2016 01:14 PM

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    I'm basically commenting here to get noticed when it will be available :).

    Thanks in advance @GPGTeam !

  9. 69 Posted by Ray on 07 Oct, 2016 02:58 PM

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    Replying to get updates!

    Thanks GPGTeam!

  10. 70 Posted by Benjamin on 07 Oct, 2016 03:59 PM

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    Replying to get updated.

    Thanks for you work!

  11. 71 Posted by Kevin on 08 Oct, 2016 12:16 AM

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    I'm just commenting here to get noticed when it will be available :).

    Thanks in advance @GPGTeam !

  12. 72 Posted by m.oeser on 09 Oct, 2016 10:02 AM

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    Also just replying to get notified.

    Thanks to the GPG team for providing the stuff that should be part of Apple Mail anyway.


  13. 73 Posted by Roger on 09 Oct, 2016 12:35 PM

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    Feedback submitted to Apple as requested, good luck with the development Steve

  14. 74 Posted by ee on 10 Oct, 2016 12:46 AM

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    Damn, read this after updating....
    Please notice, if updated!

  15. 75 Posted by Chris on 10 Oct, 2016 11:32 AM

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    I'm wodnering if anybody has idea when fix for Sierra will be published ?


  16. 76 Posted by James on 10 Oct, 2016 01:31 PM

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    Replying to get notified.

    I'd grouse and complain, but I haven't a quarter of the brains required to build this kind of code, so I'll wait patiently in the corner while the geniuses work....

  17. 77 Posted by Tim on 10 Oct, 2016 08:45 PM

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    Please notify me when the Sierra fix is ready. Thanks.

  18. 78 Posted by Simon on 12 Oct, 2016 11:56 AM

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    Anything we can do to help?

  19. 79 Posted by L K on 12 Oct, 2016 07:11 PM

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  20. 80 Posted by trae.king on 13 Oct, 2016 10:54 PM

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    Thanks for the hard work @GPGTools

  21. 81 Posted by Bart on 14 Oct, 2016 11:05 AM

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    can I haz update notification

  22. 82 Posted by Eric on 14 Oct, 2016 11:12 AM

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    Please inform me, when an update is available to enable GPG in the mail app on macOS Sierra.

  23. 83 Posted by Julien on 14 Oct, 2016 11:30 AM

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    Same thing here :-)

  24. 84 Posted by Gerrit on 14 Oct, 2016 11:31 AM

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  25. 85 Posted by Mart on 14 Oct, 2016 11:40 AM

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    Would be nice to get update Information!


  26. 86 Posted by Frank Topel on 14 Oct, 2016 11:55 AM

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    I followed your recommendation to fill out the Apple feedback form. Waiting for notification now.

  27. 87 Posted by Gio on 14 Oct, 2016 01:44 PM

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    subscribing, thanks for your work on a ridiculously programmer-unfriendly software like Mail :)

  28. 88 Posted by Ingo on 14 Oct, 2016 01:52 PM

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    Replying to be notified

  29. 89 Posted by Jens on 14 Oct, 2016 02:01 PM

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  30. 90 Posted by jmpa on 14 Oct, 2016 02:13 PM

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