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GPG Keys

About the User GPG keys API

The data returned in the public_key response field is not a GPG formatted key. When a user uploads a GPG key, it is parsed and the cryptographic public key is extracted and stored. This cryptographic key is what is returned by the APIs on this page. This key is not suitable to be used directly by programs like GPG.

Many of the resources on this API provide a shortcut for getting information about the currently authenticated user. If a request URL does not include a {username} parameter then the response will be for the logged in user (and you must pass authentication information with your request). Additional private information, such as whether a user has two-factor authentication enabled, is included when authenticated through basic auth or OAuth with the user scope.

List GPG keys for the authenticated user

Lists the current user's GPG keys. Requires that you are authenticated via Basic Auth or via OAuth with at least read:gpg_key scope.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/user/gpg_keys
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: token <TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user/gpg_keys

Response

Status: 200
[ { "id": 3, "primary_key_id": 2, "key_id": "3262EFF25BA0D270", "public_key": "xsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [ { "email": "octocat@users.noreply.github.com", "verified": true } ], "subkeys": [ { "id": 4, "primary_key_id": 3, "key_id": "4A595D4C72EE49C7", "public_key": "zsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [], "subkeys": [], "can_sign": false, "can_encrypt_comms": true, "can_encrypt_storage": true, "can_certify": false, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00" } ], "can_sign": true, "can_encrypt_comms": false, "can_encrypt_storage": false, "can_certify": true, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00", "raw_key": "string" } ]

Create a GPG key for the authenticated user

Adds a GPG key to the authenticated user's GitHub account. Requires that you are authenticated via Basic Auth, or OAuth with at least write:gpg_key scope.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
armored_public_keystringRequired

A GPG key in ASCII-armored format.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
201

Created

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed

Code samples

post/user/gpg_keys
curl \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: token <TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user/gpg_keys

Response

Status: 201
{ "id": 3, "primary_key_id": 2, "key_id": "3262EFF25BA0D270", "public_key": "xsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [ { "email": "octocat@users.noreply.github.com", "verified": true } ], "subkeys": [ { "id": 4, "primary_key_id": 3, "key_id": "4A595D4C72EE49C7", "public_key": "zsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [], "subkeys": [], "can_sign": false, "can_encrypt_comms": true, "can_encrypt_storage": true, "can_certify": false, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00" } ], "can_sign": true, "can_encrypt_comms": false, "can_encrypt_storage": false, "can_certify": true, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00", "raw_key": "\"-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\\nVersion: GnuPG v2\\n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\\nIts/HFYRLiFgDLmTlxo=\\n=+OzK\\n-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\"" }

Get a GPG key for the authenticated user

View extended details for a single GPG key. Requires that you are authenticated via Basic Auth or via OAuth with at least read:gpg_key scope.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gpg_key_idintegerRequired

The unique identifier of the GPG key.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/user/gpg_keys/{gpg_key_id}
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: token <TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user/gpg_keys/GPG_KEY_ID

Response

Status: 200
{ "id": 3, "primary_key_id": 2, "key_id": "3262EFF25BA0D270", "public_key": "xsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [ { "email": "octocat@users.noreply.github.com", "verified": true } ], "subkeys": [ { "id": 4, "primary_key_id": 3, "key_id": "4A595D4C72EE49C7", "public_key": "zsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [], "subkeys": [], "can_sign": false, "can_encrypt_comms": true, "can_encrypt_storage": true, "can_certify": false, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00" } ], "can_sign": true, "can_encrypt_comms": false, "can_encrypt_storage": false, "can_certify": true, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00", "raw_key": "\"-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\\nVersion: GnuPG v2\\n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\\nIts/HFYRLiFgDLmTlxo=\\n=+OzK\\n-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----\"" }

Delete a GPG key for the authenticated user

Removes a GPG key from the authenticated user's GitHub account. Requires that you are authenticated via Basic Auth or via OAuth with at least admin:gpg_key scope.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gpg_key_idintegerRequired

The unique identifier of the GPG key.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed

Code samples

delete/user/gpg_keys/{gpg_key_id}
curl \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: token <TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user/gpg_keys/GPG_KEY_ID

Response

Status: 204

List GPG keys for a user

Works with GitHub Apps

Lists the GPG keys for a user. This information is accessible by anyone.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
usernamestringRequired

The handle for the GitHub user account.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

Code samples

get/users/{username}/gpg_keys
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: token <TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/users/USERNAME/gpg_keys

Response

Status: 200
[ { "id": 3, "primary_key_id": 2, "key_id": "3262EFF25BA0D270", "public_key": "xsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [ { "email": "octocat@users.noreply.github.com", "verified": true } ], "subkeys": [ { "id": 4, "primary_key_id": 3, "key_id": "4A595D4C72EE49C7", "public_key": "zsBNBFayYZ...", "emails": [], "subkeys": [], "can_sign": false, "can_encrypt_comms": true, "can_encrypt_storage": true, "can_certify": false, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00" } ], "can_sign": true, "can_encrypt_comms": false, "can_encrypt_storage": false, "can_certify": true, "created_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-06:00", "expires_at": "2016-03-24T11:31:04-07:00", "raw_key": "string" } ]