GnuPG for Android progress: we have an command line app!

GnuPG for Android
This alpha release of our command-line developer tool brings GnuPG to Android for the first time!

GNU Privacy Guard Command-Line (gpgcli) gives you command line access to the entire GnuPG suite of encryption software. GPG is GNU’s tool for end-to-end secure communication and encrypted data storage. This trusted protocol is the free software alternative to PGP. GnuPG 2.1 is the new modularized version of GnuPG that now supports OpenPGP and S/MIME.

You can get it from the Play Store:

Or download the .apk from our nightly builds:


Before using gpgcli, be sure to launch the app and let it finish its installation process. Once it has completed, then you’re ready to use it. The easiest way to get started with gpgcli is to install Android Terminal Emulator. gpgcli will automatically configure Android Terminal Emulator as long as you have the _Allow PATH extensions</em settings enabled.


  • TRUSTED SECURITY: This technology already seamlessly integrates into Linux on Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mac OSX (GPGtools), Windows (gpg4win)
  • PUBLIC KEY ENCRYPTION: Full interoperable replacement of the proprietary Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) standard that uses a serial combination of hashing, data compression, symmetric-key cryptography and finally public-key cryptography; each step uses one of several supported algorithms.
  • BROAD ALGORITHM LANDSCAPE: Supports 3DES, AES, Blowfish, CAST5, DSA, ElGamal, MD5, RSA, RIPDE-MD-160, SHA-1, TIGER, and Twofish.
  • VERIFIABLE INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY: Digital signatures create a trusted trail of ownership.
  • CONFIRMED SECURITY: Italian Police, the FBI, and British police have been unable to crack its security and have resorted to demanding private keys. It’s been likened as “the closest you’re likely to get to military-grade encryption” by cryptographer Bruce Schneier.
  • HELP SYSTEM: A quick help tool is built in.
  • KEYSERVER SUPPORT: Integrated support for HKP and LDAP keyservers (
  • OPEN STANDARD COMPLIANT: Full OpenPGP implementation. Learn more about standards RFC2440 & RFC4880

Please Report Bugs

This is an early release of a big project, so there will inevitable be bugs. Help us improve this software by filing bug reports about any problem that you encounter. Feature requests are also welcome!

Coming Soon