What are PGP files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PGP 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 PGP file?
PGP files have multiple uses, and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Public Keyring is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Public Keyring
PGP Public Keyring files are a type of file used together with PGP software that store public keys for encryption and digital signatures. This application is widely used to secure data communication due to its cryptographic privacy and authentication capabilities.
PGP Public Keyring files store other users' public keys and enable encryption and signature verification. When a user is given someone's public key, they can add it to their keyring and use it to send encrypted messages that only the holder of the corresponding private key can access.
The PGP Public Keyring format is a convenient and widespread method for exchanging and importing public keys. This open standard is universally compatible with OpenPGP-compliant programs, GnuPG and PGP command line tools.
PGP encryption is advantageous due to its high level of data security. It employs a blend of symmetric and public key cryptography, making accessing messages difficult for unauthorized individuals. Moreover, digital signatures ensure the sender's identity is genuine.
How to open PGP files
We have identified one PGP opener that is compatible with this specific type of PGP file.
Programs that open Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Public Keyring files
Last updated: January 29, 2023
More file formats using the PGP extension
Through our research of PGP files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.
- PGP Symmetric Key Encrypted Message
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of PGP files. Remember, different programs may use PGP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|PGP Desktop||User submitted|
|Symantec Encryption Desktop||User submitted|
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|Windows Privacy Tray||User submitted|
|Direct Show Ogg Vorbis Filter||User submitted|
|Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management||User submitted|
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