SKS OpenPGP Keyserver

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Find a key

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Paste your new or updated and ASCII-armored public key into the text area to upload it to the server.


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What the ...?

This is the web interface to the sks.pkqs.net OpenPGP keyserver.

OpenPGP [RFC 4880] is a standardized format for cryptographic data, notably keys, signatures, and encrypted messages. The Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) tool, OpenPGP has evolved of, has originally been written by Philip Zimmermann for asymmetric (public-key) e-mail encryption. Nowadays, a well-known OpenPGP implementation, besides today's PGP software, is GnuPG, which is licensed under the GNU GPL.

In asymmetric cryptography a public key is used for encryption and a secret (or private) key for decryption. Because we do not want to attach our public key in each mail, keyservers have been invented. The first PKS (PGP Public Key Server; now OpenPGP Public Key Server) has been written by Marc Horowitz at MIT. The protocol is therefore named Horowitz Key Protocol, short HKP. A single keyserver is a single point of failure, but many keyservers need to synchronize their data. The SKS (Synchronizing Key Server), written by Yaron Minsky, provides a scaling sync algorithm, while – unlike PKS – being capable of more recent OpenPGP features.

So this server is running sks 1.0.10 (since 2007-04-13) and you may upload, extract, refresh and search for keys. To use it with GnuPG on a UNIX-like platform, write

keyserver x-hkp://sks.pkqs.net

into ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf. This server runs on port 11371, by the way. This web interface also provides limited access to the SKS, but I strongly recommend using a more sophisticated tool.

If you like to switch to another keyserver, you may have a look at the SKS keyserver list or choose a random server by using x-hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net:11371.