#372 ✓wontfix

Ability to search for keys on multiple keyservers

Reported by hrumph | June 17th, 2016 @ 07:01 AM

I would like the ability to search for keys on multiple keyservers.

I currently have to a single keyserver to search, and if the key I'm searching for doesn't exist on it, I get zero results.

I would like the keyserver select widget to be a multiselect and be able to check/uncheck keyservers I would like to search/not search, and then I would like the "Lookup key" dialog in GPG Keychain to search all selected keyservers (and, obviously, not any of the unselected keyservers).


  • GPGMail version 2.6b2
  • GPG Keychain version 1.2.1
  • GPGServices version 1.10.1
  • MacGPG2 version 2.0.28
  • GPGPreferences version 1.5
  • OS X 10.11.4
  • Late 2011 Macbook

I found this GPG thread which indicated that GPG only uses the last keyserver listed in gpg.conf. If GPGTools is trying to keep reverse compatibility with that, you could add a "Primary" keyserver radio button, and when you write out gpg.conf, simply include that keyserver as the last one in the list.

I'm happy to answer any questions or respond to any comments.


Comments and changes to this ticket

  • steve

    steve March 18th, 2020 @ 03:10 PM

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

    We have since introduced the much more reliable hagrid key server keys.opengpg.org
    Additionally GPG Keychain > Preferences > Key Server now has an option to allow a fallback search on sks if hagrid does not come up with any search result.

    Thus this item needs no further action. Closing as wontfix.

Please Sign in or create a free account to add a new ticket.

With your very own profile, you can contribute to projects, track your activity, watch tickets, receive and update tickets through your email and much more.

New-ticket Create new ticket

Create your profile

Help contribute to this project by taking a few moments to create your personal profile. Create your profile ยป

Shared Ticket Bins