The OpenPGP mail and news header

What Is This?

This page contain information about our (that is, Atom Smasher and Simon Josefsson) attempt to get an OpenPGP mail/news header standardized. A simple example e-mail to illustrate the idea:

OpenPGP: id=B565716F; url=

Hi there!

If that is just gibberish to you, you are likely not the intended audience for this page.

Please send feedback to Atom or Simon. Or both.

This work is sponsored by Simon Josefsson Datakonsult. If you need commercial help with utilizing this technology, or have a related project that you want help with, please feel free to contact me. If you find my work in this area useful, also please consider making a donation. No amount is too small!

The Document


Background and Related Work

Discussion of this document happen in several places:

Software with support of the header:

If you know of more applications, please let me know.

If you are curious what it means to implement this document, here are some ideas:

If you have other ideas on how you can make use of the OpenPGP: header, let me know!


Submitted updated -06 version to address comments received from Alfred Hoenes.
Submitted updated -05 version.
Received AD review comments from Tim Polk (that was quick!).
Requested review from appsarea.
Tentative AD assigned.
Approached ADs to sponsor document.
Submitted updated -04 version.
Submitted updated -03 version.
Submitted updated -02 version.
Gave presentation at IETF 63.
Submitted updated -01 version.
Draft -00 published.
Updated rought draft.
Initial rought draft outline, by Atom.

Copying Conditions

The copying conditions for RFCs apply, of course. However, beyond that, the essential parts of the document is also available under the following, less restrictive, license.

	Copyright (C) 2004, 2008 Atom Smasher
	Copyright (C) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 Simon Josefsson

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