Linux : How to export public key for others/friends or your recipients

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1) Login to your shell account

2) Use –export option to export your public key in text file
$ gpg –export –a > my.key
OR
$ gpg –export -a | mail -s “My key” friend@domain.com

Where
-a –armor : Create ASCII armored output.
–export : Export the key for sharing

First command write output to file my.key and second directly sends an email to your friend. Once my.key delivered to friend, he/she need to import it using the following command (aka adding keys to your keyring):
$ gpg –import my.key

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.