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Editors' Review


With its effortless operation and thorough setup, GPG Suite for Mac represents a solid solution for encrypting e-mail. Its ability to work with the Mac Mail application, seamlessly, is an advantage over other programs.

GPG Suite for Mac's wizard walks the user through the initial steps to set up encryption. Users must designate e-mail addresses and enter a passphrase for use. It's a small touch, but we liked that the program warns you if your passphrase is weak. While creating a new e-mail in the Mail application, the user sees additional icons for encrypting and signing the e-mail. Note that you can't encrypt a message until the recipient is added, but this doesn't reduce the program's functionality. GPG Suite for Mac allows you to export a key phrase pair, allowing someone on the other end to decrypt the message by entering it. From the setup menu, which is well designed, users can select buttons on the top for importing and exporting phrases, as well as creating new ones. The main part of the window displays a listing of created keys, along with the associated e-mail, date created, and a short identification code.

For those users who want a basic and easy way to encrypt e-mails, GPG Suite for Mac fits the bill and performs well.

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What's new in version 2017.1b2


  • Due to a bug in Apple's Mail framework, some users were seeing an invalid signature even though the signature was still valid. Messages created using b1 will remain broken. New messages sent with GPGMail will work as expected. [#885]

Known Issues

  • If multiple private keys are available for the same email address, GPGMail currently picks one at random to sign the message. [#895]
  • Some messages might not load correctly. If you can provide us with an example .eml file we'd love to debug the issue.
  • Canceling the pinentry request for signing upon sending a message might lead to unexpected behavior.
  • Inline PGP is currently not supported at all, PGP/MIME will be used instead. [#894]
  • "BCC" recpients are currently not treated differently from "TO" or "CC" recipients (gnupg --hidden-recipients option not currently in use). [#896]
  • Mail Act-On incompatibility: if Mail Act-On is active, messages will not be encrypted. Please make sure to disable Mail Act-On. [#888]
  • Mail rules for signed or encrypted messages will not work for PGP/MIME signed/encryted messages.
  • After importing keys using gnupg cli or GPG Keychain it may be necessary to restart Mail for GPGMail to pick them up.
Publisher GPGTools
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Release Date February 06, 2017
Date Added February 06, 2017
Version 2017.1b2
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 25.84MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 8,850
Downloads Last Week 23
License Model Free
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Price Free

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