Securing the future of GnuPG

Work on GnuPG is mostly financed from donations. To continue maintaining GnuPG so to keep it strong and secure against the ever increasing mass surveillance we need your support. Until the end of November we received a total of 6584 € (~5500 net) donations for this year. Along with the 18000 € net from the Goteo campaign this paid for less than 50% of the costs for one developer.


222760 € goal: 120000 €

For a critical project of this size two experienced developers are required for proper operation. This requires gross revenues of at least 120000 Euro per year. Unfortunately there is currently only one underpaid full time developer who is barely able to keep up with the work; see this blog entry for some backgound. Please help to secure the future of GnuPG and consider to donate to this project now. (Donating Bitcoins is possible via the Wau Holland Stiftung; see the donation page for details.)

A big Thanks to all supporters

Due to this ProPublica article we received more than 120,000 € of individual donations on a single day. There is even more: The Core Infrastructure Initiative granted 60,000 $ for 2015. Our payment service Stripe and Facebook will each give 50,000 $ to the project. And finally the Wau Holland Stiftung is collecting tax deductible funds for GnuPG (19000 € plus 57 BTC).

As the main author of GnuPG, I like to thank everyone for supporting the project, be it small or large individual donations, helping users, providing corporate sponsorship, working on the software, and for all the encouraging words.

GnuPG does not stand alone: there are many other projects, often unknown to most people, which are essential to keep the free Internet running. Many of them are run by volunteers who spend a lot of unpaid time on them. They need our support as well.

— Werner, 2015-02-06

The GNU Privacy Guard

GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 (also known as PGP). GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available. Version 2 of GnuPG also provides support for S/MIME and Secure Shell (ssh).

GnuPG is Free Software (meaning that it respects your freedom). It can be freely used, modified and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License .

GnuPG comes in three flavours:

  • 2.0.27 is the stable version suggested for most users,
  • 2.1.2 is the brand-new modern version with support for ECC and many other new features,
  • and 1.4.19 is the classic portable version.

Project Gpg4win provides a Windows version of GnuPG stable. It is nicely integrated into an installer and features several frontends as well as English and German manuals.

Reconquer your privacy

Even if you have nothing to hide, using encryption helps protect the privacy of people you communicate with, and makes life difficult for bulk surveillance systems. If you do have something important to hide, you are in good company; GnuPG is one of the tools that Edward Snowden used to uncover his secrets about the NSA.

Please visit the Email Self-Defense site to learn how and why you should use GnuPG for your electronic communication. If you need printed leaflets check out FSFE’s GnuPG leaflet.

Latest news

The following frames report the latest news from GnuPG. A list with all news of previous years is also available.

GnuPG 1.4.19 released (2015-02-27)   important

GnuPG 1.4.19 is now available. This release mitigates two new of side channel attack methods as well as a couple of other bugs. {more}

Libgcrypt 1.6.3 released (2015-02-27)   important

Libgcrypt version 1.6.3 has been released to mitigate two new side channel attack methods. {more}

GnuPG 2.0.27 released (2015-02-18)

GnuPG 2.0.27 is now available. This release fixes a couple of bugs; users of GnuPG 2.0.x should update to this version. {more}

GnuPG 2.1.2 released (2015-02-11)

This is the third release of the modern branch of GnuPG. It fixes a lot of bugs. Read the full anouncement mail.

GnuPG 2.1.1 released (2014-12-16)

This is the second release of the modern branch of GnuPG. It fixes a lot of bugs and brings some new features. Read more about 2.1 at the feature overview page and in the announcement mail.

Libksba 1.3.2 released (2014-11-25)   important

This is a security fix release and all users of Libksba should update to this version. Note that GnuPG 2.x makes use of Libksba and thus all user of GnuPG 2.x need to install this new version of Libksba and restart the dirmngr process. Read the full announcement.

GnuPG 2.1.0 with ECC support released (2014-11-06)

This is the first release of the new modern branch of GnuPG. It features a lot of new things including support for ECC. Read more at the feature overview page and in the announcement mail.