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Adding a GPG key to your GitHub account

To configure your account on GitHub.com to use your new (or existing) GPG key, you'll also need the key to your account.

About addition of GPG keys to your account

To sign commits associated with your account on GitHub, you can add a public GPG key to your personal account. Before you add a key, you should check for existing keys. If you don't find any existing keys, you can generate and copy a new key. For more information, see "Checking for existing GPG keys" and "Generating a new GPG key."

You can add multiple public keys to your account on GitHub. Commits signed by any of the corresponding private keys will show as verified. If you remove a public key, any commits signed by the corresponding private key will no longer show as verified.

To verify as many of your commits as possible, you can add expired and revoked keys. If the key meets all other verification requirements, commits that were previously signed by any of the corresponding private keys will show as verified and indicate that their signing key is expired or revoked.

A verified commit whose key expired

Algoritmos compatibles de llave GPG

GitHub es compatible con varios algoritmos GPG. Si tratas de agregar una llave generada con un algoritmo no compatible, puedes llegar a un error.

  • RSA
  • ElGamal
  • DSA
  • ECDH
  • ECDSA
  • EdDSA

When verifying a signature, GitHub extracts the signature and attempts to parse its key ID. The key ID is then matched with keys added to GitHub. Until a matching GPG key is added to GitHub, it cannot verify your signatures.

Adding a GPG key

  1. En la esquina superior derecha de cualquier página, haga clic en la foto del perfil y, luego, en Settings (Configuración).

    Icono Settings (Parámetros) en la barra de usuario

  2. In the "Access" section of the sidebar, click SSH and GPG keys.

  3. Click New GPG key. GPG Key button

  4. In the "Key" field, paste the GPG key you copied when you generated your GPG key. The key field

  5. Click Add GPG key. The Add key button

  6. To confirm the action, enter your GitHub password.

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