#223 ✓wontfix
James Moore

Add support for fetching keys from keybase.io

Reported by James Moore | February 14th, 2014 @ 07:18 PM | in 1.10 (closed)

https://keybase.io is a new site that I think will help to create a richer WoT. They've published their API and it would be create if GPG KA could find keys in their system.

From the website:

"Keybase will be a public directory of publicly auditable public keys. All paired, for convenience, with unique usernames."

It would be great if GKA could provide a search interface for those keys.
The user could enter the username of their keybase.io account and GKA would fetch the public key from:


if it exists.

The keybase.io search could be integrated in the current search window, which would show two tabs. One for normal key search and one for special keybase.io key search.

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • steve

    steve March 12th, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “waiting”
    • Importance changed from “” to “Low”

    Should this arrive in stable aka final state we'll look at this closer.

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  • Marco Zehe

    Marco Zehe February 20th, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

    I second this request. it is currently very easy to upload fake GPG keys to key servers in someone else's name. It offloads the responsibility for proper verification to the potential sender of the encrypted message rather than the key owner. The burden to properly verify that someone is who they claim they are should be with that person. keybase.io goes good steps in that direction and provides a better model of assurance that a person is who they claim to be than the current key server system. Trust in PGP actually working for end users has to be strengthened by lowering the barrier to actual genuine trustworthy encryption without having to rely on a web of trust that can only be achieved through relatively complicated means like key signing parties.

  • steve

    steve March 29th, 2022 @ 04:38 PM

    • State changed from “waiting” to “wontfix”

    Sadly keybase was bought by Zoom Video Communications Inc. and development of keybase has been on a bare minimum for the past months. Their desktop client finder integration has been broken on macOS Catalina for months and there is no sign of them being even aware of the problem.

    Marking this ticket here wontfix.

    We are now in a more solid state thanks to https://keys.openpgp.org/ being the new default key server which has worked reliably since 2019.

  • steve

    steve March 29th, 2022 @ 04:57 PM

    • Milestone set to 1.10

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