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password - Changes password protecting secrets

password [-o|--output] [--clear] [-B|--binary] [-h|--help] [FILE]

Changes password protecting secrets

Secret key material in keys can be protected by a password. This subcommand changes or clears this encryption password.

To emit the key with unencrypted secrets, either use `--clear` or supply a zero-length password when prompted for the new password.

Writes to FILE or stdout if omitted
Emit a key with unencrypted secrets
Emits binary data
Print help information
[FILE]
Reads from FILE or stdin if omitted


First, generate a key


sq key generate --userid "<juliet@example.org>" --export juliet.key.pgp


Then, encrypt the secrets in the key with a password.


sq key password < juliet.key.pgp > juliet.encrypted_key.pgp


And remove the password again.


sq key password --clear < juliet.encrypted_key.pgp > juliet.decrypted_key.pgp

For the full documentation see https://docs.sequoia-pgp.org/sq/.

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