Gpg4win Light

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Gpg4win Light

This is not the latest version of Gpg4win Light available.

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To install Gpg4win Light, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Gpg4win Light, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Gpg4win Light, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade gpg4win-light -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade gpg4win-light -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure gpg4win-light installed
    name: gpg4win-light
    state: present
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

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chocolatey_package 'gpg4win-light' do
  action    :install
  version  ''
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: gpg4win-light,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller gpg4win-light
   Name     = 'gpg4win-light'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = ''
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'gpg4win-light':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install gpg4win-light version="" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved as a trusted package on 12 Jul 2017.


Gpg4win-light (GNU Privacy Guard for Windows) is a suite of programs for file encryption and digital signatures, excluding the documentation and Kleopatra, the GUI certificate manager and encryption/signature tool.

Gpg4win enables users to securely transport emails and files with the help of encryption and digital signatures. Encryption protects the contents against an unwanted party reading it. Digital signatures allow authors of files to sign them prior to distribution so a user may verify the file has not been tampered with and comes from a specific sender.

Gpg4win supports both relevant cryptography standards, OpenPGP and Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) X.509 certificates, and is the official GnuPG distribution for Windows.

It is maintained by the developers of GnuPG. Gpg4win and the software included with Gpg4win are Free Software (Open Source; among other things free of charge for all commercial and non-commercial purposes).



Gpg4win is distributed in three editions and available by the following chocolatey packages:

gpg4win-vanilla includes:

  • GnuPG -- The backend (command-line interface); this is the actual encryption and digital signature tool used by the other software in the suite.

gpg4win-light (this package) includes all the above, and:

  • GNU Privacy Assistant (GPA) -- An alternative program for managing OpenPGP and X.509 (S/MIME) certificates.
  • GnuPG for Outlook (GpgOL) -- A plugin for the 32bit versions of Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010/2013 (email encryption). For Outlook 2010/2013 GpgpOL supports the Exchange Server, but does not support MIME.
  • GPG Explorer eXtension (GpgEX) -- A plugin for Microsoft Windows File Explorer to sign and encrypt messages using the context menu.
  • Claws Mail -- A complete email application that offers good support for GnuPG. Also available as its own chocolatey package claws-mail

gpg4win includes all the above, and:

  • Kleopatra -- The central certiļ¬cate administration of Gpg4win, which ensures uniform user navigation for all cryptographic operations.
  • Compendium -- The documentation for beginner and advanced users, available in English and German.

$packageName = 'gpg4win-light'
$installerType = 'exe'
$silentArgs = '/S'
$url = ''
$checksum = 'd3c64e1ad616035d1b6cfc4692ca914e69e35394'
$checksumType = 'sha1'
$validExitCodes = @(0)

Write-Verbose "Stop service `"DirMngr`" if already running"
if (Get-Service -Name dirmngr -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) {
  Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin "net stop `"dirmngr`""

Install-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                          -FileType "$installerType" `
                          -SilentArgs "$silentArgs" `
                          -Url "$url" `
                          -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes `
                          -Checksum "$checksum" `
                          -ChecksumType "$checksumType"
$packageName = 'gpg4win-light'
$packageSearch = 'Gpg4win (2.3.4)'
$installerType = 'exe'
$silentArgs = '/S'
$validExitCodes = @(0)
Get-ItemProperty -Path @( 'HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*',
                          'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*' ) `
                 -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue `
| Where-Object   { $_.DisplayName -like $packageSearch } `
| ForEach-Object { Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName $packageName `
                                               -FileType $installerType `
                                               -SilentArgs $($silentArgs) `
                                               -File $($_.UninstallString.Replace('"','')) `
                                               -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes }

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Gpg4win Light 1499 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Approved
Gpg4win Light 307 Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.3.4 274 Monday, July 10, 2017 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.3.3 442 Thursday, October 20, 2016 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.3.2 360 Friday, July 8, 2016 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.3.1 318 Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.3.0 341 Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Approved
Gpg4win Light 2.2.6 284 Saturday, October 10, 2015 Approved



  • Automatically built and uploaded by dtgm
  • Fix issue #233 - stop service if already running before install

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