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After generating keys, no way of saving private key locally. #1773

KidPluto opened this issue Sep 18, 2015 · 3 comments


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commented Sep 18, 2015

The option for saving my private key to your server was selected by default. Oh, if I had unselected that option, would I have been prompted to save my private key locally? It appeared like I would be able to save it to your server, or not get the private key at all. Which didn't make any sense to me.


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commented Sep 19, 2015

Actually, how do I get my private key? You have it. Can I get a copy of it from you?


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commented Sep 19, 2015

would I have been prompted to save my private key locally?

To the best of my knowledge you're always given the option during generation to export your private key. However, now that I actually inspect it, the option for exporting your private key from your profile seems to be removed:

That's not cool. Hopefully this'll be fixed soon.

Just got word from Max, turns out it's been moved for integration with per-device keys! It can be found here:



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commented Oct 23, 2015

To clarify, we changed it because you can actually have more than 1 PGP key on Keybase now, not just device keys. Technically speaking you can, I mean...the website doesn't encourage it. So it is no longer a top-level option, but as @zQueal said, something next to each key.

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