Seahorse is an Open Source GNOME application for managing encryption keys (PGP/GnuPG, SSH). It also integrates with nautilus, gedit and other places for encryption operations.



10.04 Lucid and above

Simply install the following package(s):

There are some additional packages, providing special functionality:

  • seahorse-plugins (main) – needed for GNOME file manager1) integration, gedit plugin etc..

After installation, you can start the program by clicking “Applications→Accessories→Passwords and Encryption Keys”. Or open a terminal and start it via seahorse.

For the Seahorse Agent settings, click “Applications→Preferences→Encryption and Keyrings”.

Tips and tricks

gedit integration

Seahorse provides a useful gedit plugin. Go to “Edit→Preferences→Plugins tab→Text Encryption” to enable it. After restarting gedit, you are able to decrpyt/encrypt/sign/verify signatures directly within gedit:

  • “Edit→Sign…”
  • “Edit→Decrypt/Verify”
  • “Edit→Encrypt…”

File manager (Nautilus) integration

Nautilus is GNOME's default file manager. Seahorse integrates with nautilus, e.g. have a look at:

  • The context menus after right clicking on files
  • Double click on *.sig files


See also

context menus etc.
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