- #Zodia's HKP-PKS is the OpenPGP public key server for the IRCnet channel #Zodia.

What are PKS and HKP?

PKS is short for Public Key Server. PKSes are used to simplify both public key exchange and public key signing, in this case for OpenPGP public keys.
HKP is a slightly modified version of the HTTP protocol that enables compliant PGP key management systems to download and publish public keys.

Extracting a Key

Here is how to extract a key:

  1. Type ID you want to search for in the "Search String" box.
  2. Select either the "Simple Index" or "Verbose Index" check box. The "Verbose Index" option also displays all signatures on displayed keys.
  3. Press the "Do the search!" key.
  4. The server will return a (verbose) list of keys on the server matching the given ID. (The ID can be any valid argument to a pgp -kv(v) command. If you want to look up a key by its hexadecimal KeyID, remember to prefix the ID with "0x".)
  5. The returned index will have hypertext links for every KeyID, and every bracket-delimited identifier. Clicking on the hypertext link will display an ASCII-armored version of the listed public key.
Search String: 
Options: Show OpenPGP "fingerprints" for keys
Only return exact matches


Submitting a new Key to the Server

Here is how to add a key to the server's keyring:

  1. Cut-and-paste an ASCII-armored version of your public key into the text box.
  2. Press "Submit".

That is it! The keyserver will process your request immediately. If you like, you can check that your key exists using the "extract" procedure above.

Enter ASCII-armored PGP key here: