GPG Keychain: Searching for key failed

Beez's Avatar


03 Dec, 2018 01:24 PM

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

To find out if the person had a pep key or not

macOS                   10.13.2     17C205
GPG Suite               2018.4      2310    (bc31914)
GPG Mail                3.0         1330    (724e6997)  7 trial days remaining
GPG Keychain            1.4.5       1496    (25530e6)
GPG Services            1.11.5      1033    (86cb937)
MacGPG                  2.2.10      921     (b487092)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.3       1057    (966febd)
Libmacgpg               0.8.6       885     (35a18be)
pinentry           9       (db18340)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 05 Dec, 2018 10:23 AM

    Steve's Avatar

    Hi Beez,

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

    Please update to the latest stable GPG Suite 2018.5, e.g. via System Preferences > GPG Suite Preferences > Updates.

    Could you try and select a key server from the default list in GPG Keychain > Preferences > Key server and then repeat your key search. Does it then work? Are you able to select a key server from the default list?


    PS: To benefit from the latest security fixes from apple, you may want to check for pending macOS updates in the MacAppStore. General info about Apple security releases including the latest macOS release.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 07 Jan, 2019 02:12 PM

    Steve's Avatar

    Could you please download and install our latest hotfix GPG Suite and see if that solves your problem.

    All the best,

    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet - bugs or crashes are to be expected. Thanks for helping us test.

Reply to this discussion

Internal reply

Formatting help / Preview (switch to plain text) No formatting (switch to Markdown)

Attaching KB article:


Already uploaded files

  • 2018-12-03_13-23_DebugInfo.gpg 26.5 KB

Attached Files

You can attach files up to 10MB

If you don't have an account yet, we need to confirm you're human and not a machine trying to post spam.

Keyboard shortcuts


? Show this help
ESC Blurs the current field

Comment Form

r Focus the comment reply box
^ + ↩ Submit the comment

You can use Command ⌘ instead of Control ^ on Mac