What is an OPENPGPKEY record?

OpenPGP public keys are used to encrypt or sign email messages and files. To encrypt an email message, or verify a sender's OpenPGP signature, the email client Mail User Agent (MUA) or the email server Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) needs to locate the recipient's OpenPGP public key.

The OpenPGPKEY record has the following look in your DNS zone management page:

Host Type Points to TTL
hashedLocalPart._openpgpkey OPENPGPKEY Base 64 encoded string 1 Hour

How to create a DNS OPENPGPKEY record?

Log in to your ClouDNS account, enter your DNS zone management page, and click on the Add new record button. For Type choose "OPENPGPKEY" and type as follow:

  • TTL: 1 hour
  • Host: fcbc3d5f4511c51c7e15a0d9425e8038bdad6e5e512da03d54543142._openpgpkey
  • PGP Public Key Base 64 encoded string.

*This hostname is used as an example.

How to start managing OPENPGPKEY records for your domain name?

  1. Create a free account from, here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create a new Master DNS from the [add new] button - check a tutorial, here
  5. Add the OPENPGPKEY records you need, as it is described in this article.


Support of OPENPGPKEY records

ClouDNS provides full support for OPENPGPKEY records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your OPENPGPKEY records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.

Last modified: 2022-01-11
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