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encrypt or sign files into an archive

see also : gpg - tar


gpg-zip [OPTIONS] filename1 [filename2, ...] directory1 [directory2, ...]

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Encrypt the contents of directory mydocs for user Bob to file test1:

gpg-zip --encrypt --output test1 --gpg-args -r Bob"" mydocs

List the contents of archive test1:

gpg-zip --list-archive test1

gpg-zip --encrypt --gpg-args "--yes --trust-model always -r SixSq" \


This manual page documents briefly the gpg-zip command.

gpg-zip encrypts or signs files into an archive. It is an gpg-ized tar using the same format as PGP’s PGP Zip.


-e, --encrypt

Encrypt data. This option may be combined with --symmetric (for output that may be decrypted via a secret key or a passphrase).

-d, --decrypt

Decrypt data.

-c, --symmetric

Encrypt with a symmetric cipher using a passphrase. The default symmetric cipher used is CAST5, but may be chosen with the --cipher-algo option to gpg(1).

-s, --sign

Make a signature. See gpg(1).

-r, --recipient USER

Encrypt for user id USER. See gpg(1).

-u, --local-user USER

Use USER as the key to sign with. See gpg(1).


List the contents of the specified archive.

-o, --output FILE"

Write output to specified file FILE.

--gpg GPG

Use the specified command instead of gpg.

--gpg-args ARGS

Pass the specified options to gpg(1).

--tar TAR

Use the specified command instead of tar.

--tar-args ARGS

Pass the specified options to tar(1).

-h, --help

Output a short usage information.


Output the program version.


The program returns 0 if everything was fine, 1 otherwise.

see also

gpg , tar


Copyright (C) 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Please report bugs to <bug-gnupg[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org>.

This manpage was written by Colin Tuckley <colin[:at:]tuckley[:dot:]org> and Daniel Leidert <daniel.leidert[:at:]wgdd[:dot:]de> for the Debian distribution (but may be used by others).

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