sq-key-userid-strip - Man Page

Strips a User ID


sq key userid strip [Options] FILE


Strips a User ID.

Note that this operation does not reliably remove User IDs from a certificate that has already been disseminated! (OpenPGP software typically appends new information it receives about a certificate to its local copy of that certificate.  Systems that have obtained a copy of your certificate with the User ID that you are trying to strip will not drop that User ID from their copy.)

In most cases, you will want to use the 'sq key userid revoke' operation instead.  That issues a revocation for a User ID, which can be used to mark the User ID as invalidated.

However, this operation can be useful in very specific cases, in particular: to remove a mistakenly added User ID before it has been uploaded to key servers or otherwise shared.

Stripping a User ID may change how a certificate is interpreted.  This is because information about the certificate like algorithm preferences, the primary key's key flags, etc. is stored in the User ID's binding signature.


Subcommand options

-B, --binary

Emits binary data

-o, --output=FILE

Writes to FILE or stdout if omitted

-u, --userid=USERID

The User IDs to strip.  Values must exactly match a User ID.


Reads from FILE or stdin if omitted

Global options


Specifies the location of the certificate store.  By default, sq uses the OpenPGP certificate directory at `$HOME/.local/share/pgp.cert.d`, and creates it if it does not exist.

-f,  --force

Overwrites existing files

-h,  --help

Print help (see a summary with '-h')


Specifies the location of a keyring to use.  Keyrings are used in addition to any certificate store.  The content of the keyring is not imported into the certificate store.  When a certificate is looked up, it is looked up in all keyrings and any certificate store, and the results are merged together.


Adds NOTATION to the list of known notations. This is used when validating signatures. Signatures that have unknown notations with the critical bit set are considered invalid.


Disables the use of a certificate store.  Normally sq uses the user's standard cert-d, which is located in `$HOME/.local/share/pgp.cert.d`.


Produces output in FORMAT, if possible


Produces output variant Version, such as 0.0.0. The default is the newest version. The output version is separate from the version of the sq program. To see the current supported versions, use output-versions subcommand.


Specifies the location of a pEp certificate store.  sq does not use a pEp certificate store by default; it must be explicitly enabled using this argument or the corresponding environment variable, PEP_CERT_STORE.  The pEp Engine's default certificate store is at `$HOME/.pEp/keys.db`.


Sets the reference time as an ISO 8601 formatted timestamp.  Normally, commands use the current time as the reference time.  This argument allows the user to use a difference reference time.  For instance, when creating a key using `sq key generate`, the creation time is normally set to the current time, but can be overridden using this option.  Similarly, when verifying a message, the message is verified with respect to the current time.  This option allows the user to use a different time.

TIME is interpreted as an ISO 8601 timestamp.  To set the certification time to July 21, 2013 at midnight UTC, you can do:

$ sq --time 20130721 verify msg.pgp

To include a time, say 5:50 AM, add a T, the time and optionally the timezone (the default timezone is UTC):

$ sq --time 20130721T0550+0200 verify msg.pgp


Considers the specified certificate to be a trust root. Trust roots are used by trust models, e.g., the Web of Trust, to authenticate certificates and User IDs.

-v,  --verbose

Be more verbose.


First, generate a key:

    sq key generate --userid '<juliet@example.org>' \
    --output juliet.key.pgp

Then, strip a User ID:

    sq key userid strip --userid '<juliet@example.org>' \
    --output juliet-new.key.pgp juliet.key.pgp

See Also

sq(1), sq-key(1), sq-key-userid(1).

For the full documentation see <https://book.sequoia-pgp.org>.


0.33.0 (sequoia-openpgp 1.17.0)

Referenced By


0.33.0 Sequoia-PGP