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gpg-zip1 - Man Page

Encrypt or sign files into an archive


gpg-zip [options] filename1 [ filename2, ... ] directory1 [ directory2, ... ]


gpg-zip encrypts or signs files into an archive.  It is an gpg-ized tar using the same format as used by PGP's PGP Zip.


gpg-zip understands these options:


Encrypt data.  This option may be combined with --symmetric (for  output that may be decrypted via a secret key or a passphrase).


Decrypt data.


Encrypt with a symmetric cipher using a passphrase.  The default symmetric cipher used is CAST5, but may be chosen with the --cipher-algo option to gpg.


Make a signature.  See gpg.

--recipient user
-r user

Encrypt for user id user. See gpg.

--local-user user
-u user

Use user as the key to sign with.  See gpg.


List the contents of the specified archive.

--output file
-o file

Write output to specified file file.

--gpg gpgcmd

Use the specified command gpgcmd instead of gpg.

--gpg-args args

Pass the specified options to gpg.

--tar tarcmd

Use the specified command tarcmd instead of tar.

--tar-args args

Pass the specified options to tar.


Print version of the program and exit.


Display a brief help page and exit.


Encrypt the contents of directory ‘mydocs’ for user Bob to file ‘test1’:

gpg-zip --encrypt --output test1 --gpg-args  -r Bob mydocs

List the contents of archive ‘test1’:

gpg-zip --list-archive test1


The program returns 0 if everything was fine, 1 otherwise.

See Also

gpg(1), tar(1),

The full documentation for this tool is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If GnuPG and the info program are properly installed at your site, the command

info gnupg

should give you access to the complete manual including a menu structure and an index.


2011-02-23 GnuPG 1.4 GNU Privacy Guard