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Emacs interface to PGP and GnuPG

Mailcrypt is an Emacs Lisp package which provides a simple interface to public key cryptography with PGP/GPG. Mailcrypt integrates strong cryptography into your normal mail and news handling environment. It can be used to sign and encrypt mail, to sign usenet articles, and to verify/decrypt mail and articles. The current version of Mailcrypt handles PGP 2.6.x, PGP 5.x, and GnuPG 1.x


To hook Mailcrypt into your mail and news browsers, follow the directions in the "Installation" section of the Mailcrypt manual. If you don't know how to use the Emacs Info browser, you should learn; type C-h i and poke around. You can read the Info version of the Mailcrypt manual by doing C-u C-h i on the file

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Extension or Plugin

This package can be used as an extension, plugin, or add-on to:



Verified by

Verified on


Verified by

Janet Casey

Verified on

22 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Brian Warner Maintainer
Jin Choi Contributor
Pat LoPresti Contributor

Resources and communication

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DeveloperBug Tracking
Debian (Ref)
HelpMailing List Info/Archive
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportMailing List Info/Archive
User & DeveloperDownload

Software prerequisites

Required to useEmacs 19.28 or later *or* XEmacs 19.12 or later
Required to useGnuPG *or* PGP

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 21 February 2018.


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