I have two emails I use frequently, for both of which I'd like to use PGP keys generated/managed by GnuPG. I'd like to avoid creating a different key pair for each email, if possible, as that's unnecessary for my situation, i.e. I use the two emails interchangeably.

Is there a way to do this?

I am using Mac OS X 10.5 and Ubuntu 11.04, and Thunderbird 3.1.10.

Thanks in advance!


3 Answers 3


If you want to add an user ID to an existing key from the command line (your input is in bold):

  $ gpg --edit-key <key-id>
  gpg> adduid
  Real Name: <name>
  Email address: <email>
  Comment: <comment or Return to none>
  Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? O
  Enter passphrase: <password>
  gpg> uid <uid>
  gpg> trust
  Your decision? 5
  Do you really want to set this key to ultimate trust? (y/N) y
  gpg> save
$ gpg --send-keys <key-id>
  • What does gpg> uid <uid> do? Is <uid> just my email address [email protected]?
    – Computist
    Jun 6, 2011 at 1:43
  • 2
    @lumeng.dev: is the number right before your new user ID (the list is shown after adduid). Once you enter this command, there should be an asterisk near it, indicating that this is the uid trust will operate on. Jun 6, 2011 at 1:51
  • Do I have to add new identities to the master key pair or can I add new identities directly to subkeys?
    – Kal
    Aug 16, 2014 at 14:14
  • 4
    You may also make the old user id the primary user id again by selecting it with uid <uid> and making it primary with primary.
    – timakro
    Sep 16, 2017 at 12:59
  • The semi-endorsed GUIs like Kleopatra and GPA also have reasonably easy to use controls that perform this action.
    – Justin
    Aug 29, 2018 at 17:41

Assuming that you use Enigmail for GPG support in Thunderbird, you can simply use the "OpenGPG Security" Tab for each of your identities. You can get there via

Account Preferences -> Manage Identities -> Edit.

Alternatively, you can select from the Menu:

 OpenPGP -> Key Management -> [Right-click on your key] -> Manage User IDs

And then add more IDs to your key.

  • 1
    Don't forget to add an user ID for the second email address to your key, through OpenPGP -> Manage keys. Jun 5, 2011 at 19:48
  • @grawity, I added this in the edited answer
    – Mateng
    Aug 16, 2013 at 19:58
  • 2
    Make sure to resend your updated public key to a keyserver
    – IceArdor
    Oct 19, 2016 at 19:23
  1. Install kgpg

  2. Select your key

  3. Right click --> Add User Id

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