Encrypt Files with GoAnywhere Open PGP Studio

How to Encrypt Files with PGP

Posted on October 18, 2022

Encrypt a file or folder quickly using any of the PGP keys in your key store. Files and folders must be encrypted with the public key of the person to whom it is sent. The duration of the PGP encryption depends on the number of selected files. While the files are being encrypted, a status bar displays the task progress. When complete, a dialog box shows a results summary.

On the Open PGP Tasks tab, navigate to the file or folder you would like to encrypt. Then on the toolbar, click the Encrypt icon.

GoAnywhere Open PGP Studio Tasks
GoAnywhere Open PGP Studio Tasks


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Select Recipient(s)


From the Select Recipient(s) list, select the public keys with which to encrypt the files. A key will not be shown on this screen if its expiration date has passed. If you do not see the key listed, you may need your trading partner to supply it.

Output as Text (ASCII Armored)


Select this option if you would like to have all the encrypted files in ASCII format. The original PGP format is binary, which is not considered easily readable by some common messaging formats. ASCII armor involves encasing encrypted messaging in ASCII so that they can be sent in a standard messaging format such as email.

Output Directory


The location where the encrypted files are saved.

Select this radio button if you would like to save the encrypted files in the same directory as the original files.

Select this radio button if you would like to save the encrypted files to a different directory. If selected, a file dialog automatically opens, allowing you to select the output directory.

Output File Names


These options allow you to customize the names of encrypted files.

Prefix to add to each encrypted file name.

Suffix to add to each signed file. The extension default is set based upon whether the Output As Text (ASCII Armored) option is selected.

Delete Original Files


Whether or not to delete the original files after they are successfully encrypted. The files will not be deleted if the encryption process fails for any reason.


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