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PGP Tutorial for MacOS

Here’s a basic guide for PGP on OS X. The OS in question is OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but it should still work for other versions. As for the tool itself, we’ll be using GPG Suite Beta 5. This is my first time using OS X in… years. If you see anything I’m doing wrong, or could be done easier, feel free to contact us.

If you’ve done your research, you’ll see it’s not recommended to do anything darknet related on OS X, but I’m not going to go over the details here. You’ve obviously made your decision.


Part 1 – Installing the software


Like I said above, we’ll be using GPG Suite Beta 5. If you’re curious and want to see the source code, you can do so here.

Head on over to, and download ‘GPG Suite Beta 5’



Open the file you downloaded, you should see this screen. Double click on ‘Install’



Follow the installation process. If successful, you should see this screen. You can now close the window



Part 2 – Creating your keypair


GPG Suite actually makes this a super simple process. Just like the Linux guide, we’ll be using 4096 bit length for encryption.


Open up GPG Keychain, you should be greeted by this beautiful window:




Click ‘New’ at the top left of the window




You should see a small popup. Click the arrow beside ‘Advanced options’, make sure the key length is 4096. For our purposes, we’ll uncheck ‘key expires’. Put your username where it says ‘full name’, fill out what you want for email, and create a secure passphrase. Check the picture for an example on how to fill it out. When complete, click ‘Generate key’




GPG Keychain will begin generating your key. Move the mouse around, mash keys in a text editor, have something downloading. Do random stuff to create entropy for a secure key.




annndddddd we’re done!




Part 3 – Setting up the environment


This is where OS X differs from other platforms. The suite itself doesn’t provide a window to encrypt/decrypt messages, so we need to enable some options.


Go into system preferences, open up ‘Keyboard’




You should see this window. Click the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ tab at the top, then ‘Services’ in the left pane. Scroll down in the right pane to the subsection labeled ‘Text’, and to the OpenPGP options. Here you can create keyboard shortcuts. We’ll uncheck everything OpenPGP that’s under ‘Text’, and delete their shortcuts. Now we’ll enable ‘Decrypt’, ‘Encrypt’, and ‘Import key’. Create keyboard shortcuts for these if you wish. Check the picture to make sure you’re doing everything correctly. You can now close the window.




Part 4 – Obtaining your public key


This part is super simple.


Open up GPG Keychain, select your key At the top of the window, click ‘Export’




Give it a name, make sure ‘include secret key in exported file’ is unchecked, and click ‘save’




Open your text editor of choice, browse to where you saved the key, open it There it is. Copy and paste this on your market profile to make it easier for people to contact you




Part 5 – Obtaining your private key


Again, super simple.


Open up GPG Keychain, select your key At the top of the window, click ‘Export’ Keep the file name it gives you, check ‘Include secret key in exported file’, then click save




Keep this file in a safe place, and don’t forget your passphrase. You’re fucked without it!


Part 6 – Importing a public key


This is really easy.


Find the key you want to import. Copy everything from ‘—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–‘ to ‘—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–‘




Paste it into your favourite text editor, highlight everything, right click, go to ‘Services’, then ‘OpenPGP: Import key’




You’ll see this window pop up confirming the key has been imported, click ‘Ok’




Open up GPG Keychain just to confirm the key is there:




Part 7 – Importing a private key


Again, really easy.


Open GPG Keychain, click ‘Import’ at the top




Browse to where your key is, click it, then click ‘Open’. It should have a .asc file extension




You’ll see this pop up confirming your key has been imported. Click ‘Close’




Part 8 – Encrypting a message


Open your text editor of choice, write your message Highlight the message, right click, ‘Services’, ‘OpenPGP: Encrypt’




A window should appear. Select who you’re sending it to, sign it with your key if you wish, click ‘Ok’




Copy everything, and send it to the recipient:




Part 9 – Decrypting a message


Pretty much the same process as encrypting


Open your text editor of choice, paste the message Highlight everything, right click, ‘Services’, ‘OpenPGP: Decrypt’




A window should pop up. Enter your passphrase, then click ‘Ok’:




aannnddddd there’s your message:




Part 10 – Conclusion


That wasn’t too hard, was it? Like I said in the intro, you shouldn’t be using OS X for DNM activities due to privacy issues, but I won’t go into it. This took forever to complete because OS X is a bitch to get running properly in a virtual machine. A guide for Windows will be coming next week!

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