Opening GPG files

Did your computer fail to open a GPG file? We explain what GPG files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your GPG 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.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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