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Fetch and Import GnuPG keys from keyservers.


keylookup [options] search-string


keylookup is a wrapper around gpg --search, allowing you to search for keys on a keyserver.  It presents the list of matching keys to the user and allows her to select the keys for importing into the GnuPG keyring.

For the search and actual import of keys GnuPG itself is called.



Specify the keyserver to use. If no keyserver is specified, it  will parse the GnuPG options file for a default keyserver to use. If no keyserver can be found, keylookup will abort.


Use a port other than 11371.


keylookup supports displaying the search results with 3 different frondends. Both whiptail and dialog are interactive and allow the user to select the keys to import. The third frontend plain is non-interactive and just  prints the keys to STDOUT. The user must then call GnuPG him/herself.

If available, /usr/bin/dialog is the default. If it is not available but /usr/bin/whiptail is installed, then this is  used instead. If nothing else works, we'll fall back to plain.


Don't ask the user which keys to import, but instead import all  keys matching the search-string. If this is given no  frontend is needed.


Similar to GnuP keylookup will only honor the http_proxy environment variable if this option is given. If it is not given but your GnuPG options file includes it, then keylookup will  use it.


Print a brief help message and exit successfully.



Used to locate the default home directory.


If set directory used instead of "~/.gnupg".


If set used as gpg binary instead of "gpg".


Only honored when the option --honor-http-proxy is set or honor-http-proxy is set in GnuPG's config file.


keylookup Christian Kurz

will query your default keyserver for Christian's keys and offer you to import them into your keyring with the dialog frontend (if available).

keylookup --honor-http-proxy --frontend plain wk@gnupg

will query the default keyserver again, now using the http_proxy if the environment variable is defined and list wk@gnupg's (Werner Koch)'s key on STDOUT.

keylookup --keyserver pgp.mit.edu Peter Palfrader

will now ask the keyserver pgp.mit.edu for my (Peter's) keys and display them for import in dialog.



GnuPG's options file where keylookup will take the keyserver and honor-http-proxy values from if it exists.

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Please report bugs using the Debian bug tracking system at https://bugs.debian.org/.


Christian Kurz <shorty@debian.org>
Peter Palfrader <peter@palfrader.org>