I have public and private keyring files in my .gnupg directory (pubring.gpg and secring.gpg). I want to create a new keyring trustedkeys.gpg, also in .gnupg, to which I can add other people's public keys.

How do I create this new keyring?

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    The convention is to have all keys in your pubring. Trust is marked using GnuPG's own settings.
    – user1686
    Mar 12, 2012 at 22:19
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    gpgv expects signatures to be in trustedkeys.gpg.
    – rlandster
    Mar 13, 2012 at 3:57
  • Can you work around the problem by making a symlink from trustedkeys.gpg to pubring.gpg (or trusteddb.pgp)?
    – IQAndreas
    Sep 21, 2014 at 15:30
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    @grawity conventions are just that - conventions. the OP out there will know better the needs at hand.
    – n611x007
    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:20
  • A use case I can think for this is to have "people" you trust in one keyring and another keyring for organizations' software signing keys. Apr 27 at 21:17

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tested with gpg (GnuPG) 2.0.26:

gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring trustedkeys.gpg --fingerprint

beginners' hint: you can use any filename not just trustedkeys.gpg.

it will say gpg: keyring ``</path>/.gnupg/trustedkeys.gpg' created

to use:

gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring trustedkeys.gpg <your-gpg-commands-here>
gpg --keyring pubring.gpg --export KEY > /tmp/exported.key
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring=path/to/new-keyring.gpg --import /tmp/exported.key

If you want the keyring to also be used by GPG by default from then on, as you say, omit the --no-default-keyring switch.

Find more information in gpg(1) manual under --keyring option.


gpg --export KEY1 KEY2 > trustedkeys.gpg for public keys and:

gpg --export-secret-keys KEY1 KEY2 > trustedkeys.gpg for complete keys (including private part).

Where you can supply (partial) fingerprints for KEY1, KEY2 etc.


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