GPG File Type

- The quick facts

What are GPG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a GPG file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a GPG file?

The .gpg file extension is used for an encrypted file format that was created by Free Software Foundation, Inc. These GPG files are also known as GNU Privacy Guard public keyring file. These .gpg files are generated by the GNU Privacy Guard software, which was also developed by Free Software Foundation, Inc.Security keys and encrypted tokens are stored in these GPG files. The GNU Privacy Guard software allows users to encode their data and communication materials. This program also enables users to protect their data through encrypted signatures. This software has versions for Windows PCs, Mac OS X computers and Linux machines.Only the GNU Privacy Guard software can be used to open and access the data stored in these .gpg files. There are no known tools that can be used to export these GPG files to other more standard encrypted file formats.

How to open GPG files

Important: Different programs may use files with the GPG file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your GPG file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different GPG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: April 11, 2021

Suggest another file format using extension GPG

While we know of one file format using the .GPG file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .GPG file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of GPG files. Remember, different programs may use GPG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

PGP DesktopPGP DesktopUser submitted
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverUser submitted
Symantec Encryption DesktopSymantec Encryption DesktopUser submitted
PGPPGPUser submitted
Windows Privacy TrayWindows Privacy TrayUser submitted
Gpg4winGpg4winUser submitted
PKZIPPKZIPUser submitted
Ashampoo ZIP ProAshampoo ZIP ProUser submitted
GpgSXGpgSXUser submitted
GnuPGUIGnuPGUIUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with GPG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with GPG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!