Example of a decryption command
The following commands are equivalent: they will decrypt the file
importantfile.txt.gpg and write the resulting information to the file
importantfile.txt (the encrypted file is not deleted):
This command is the same for files encrypted using symmetric or asymmetric encryption:
- with symmetric encryption, you must be able to input the passphrase that was used to encrypt the file. By default, a graphical dialog window will ask you to input the passphrase;
- with asymmetric encryption, the secret key corresponding to the public key the file was originally encrypted with must be present in your primary secret keyring.