[Gpg4win-users-en] How to remove passphrase from GPG key?

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Fri Aug 26 17:56:03 CEST 2011

On Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:33, notfed at gmail.com said:

> impossible.  I have come to the conclusion that I have one of two choices:
> (1) seed the agent ahead of time with gpg-preset-passphrase, or (2) don't
> use a passphrase.

(2) is what I would suggest.  A passphrase does not make sense if you
would read it from some other file in the clear.

> I've attempted to use gpg-preset-passphrase, and I run into errors (“problem
> with the agent” +  “caching passphrase failed: Invalid response”). Not being

gpg-preset-passphrase is a bit tricky to use.  There might even be a bug
in the version which come with the current Gpg4win.

> How do I remove a passphrase from a Gpg4Win key? Is there a way to do this
> from Kleopatra?  If I must do it from the command line, where are the keys

Sure.  There is an option to change the passphrase; enter an empty
string for the new passphrase and confirm that you really don;t need a
passphrase.  If there is a problem with Kleopatra you may use gpa
instead or open a shell and use
        gpg --passwd YOURUSERID



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