What are GPG files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a GPG file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your GPG files.
What is a GPG file?
GPG files have multiple uses, and Pretty Good Privacy/GNU Privacy Guard Public Keyring is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Pretty Good Privacy/GNU Privacy Guard Public Keyring
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 files.
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 enables users to protect their data through encrypted signatures. This software has versions for Windows PCs, Mac OS X computers, and Linux machines.
How to open GPG files
We have identified two GPG openers that are compatible with this specific type of GPG file.
Programs that open Pretty Good Privacy/GNU Privacy Guard Public Keyring files
Last updated: September 21, 2023
All known file formats using extension .GPG
While Pretty Good Privacy/GNU Privacy Guard Public Keyring is a popular type of GPG-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .GPG file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
GPG Encrypted Data
We know that one GPG format is GPG Encrypted Data. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested nine different GPG openers which you will find listed below.
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.
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