This plugin implements the XEP-0027 “Current Jabber OpenPGP Usage”.

This is a plugin used to encrypt one-to-one conversation using the PGP encryption method. You can use it if you want really good privacy. Without this encryption, your messages are encrypted at least from your client (poezio) to your server. The message is decrypted by your server and you cannot control the encryption method of your messages from your server to your contact’s server (unless you are your own server’s administrator), nor from your contact’s server to your contact’s client.

This plugin does end-to-end encryption. This means that only your contact can decrypt your messages, and it is fully encrypted during all its travel through the internet.

Note that if you are having an encrypted conversation with a contact, you can not send XHTML-IM messages to him. They will be removed and be replaced by plain text messages.

Installation and configuration

You should autoload this plugin, as it will send your signed presence directly on login, making it easier for your contact’s clients to know that you are supporting GPG encryption. To do that, use the plugins_autoload configuration option.

You need to create a plugin configuration file. Create a file named gpg.cfg into your plugins configuration directory (~/.config/poezio/plugins by default), and fill it like this:

keyid = 091F9C78
passphrase = your OPTIONAL passphrase

[keys] = E3CFCDE2 = EF27ABCD

The gpg section is about your key. You need to specify the keyid, for the key you want to use. You can as well provide a passphrase. If you don’t, you should use a gpg agent or something like that that will ask your passphrase whenever you need it.

The keys section contains your contact’s id keys. For each contact you want to have encrypted conversations with, add her/his JID associated with the keyid of his/her key. You can autogenerate a keys section based on the ones already in your trust chain by running the script poezio_gpg_export provided with poezio (in the scripts/ directory). Please double-check the section created this way.

And that’s it, now you need to talk directly to the full jid of your contacts. Poezio doesn’t let you encrypt messages whom recipients is a bare JID.

Additionnal information on GnuPG

Create a key

To create a personal key, use

gpg --gen-key

and follow the instructions.


The keyid (required in the gpg.cfg configuration file) is a 8 character-long key. You can get the ones you created or imported by using the command

gpg --list-keys

You will get something like

pub   4096R/01234567 2011-11-11
uid                  Your Name Here (comment) <>
sub   4096R/AAFFBBCC 2011-11-11

pub   2048R/12345678 2011-11-12 [expire: 2011-11-22]
uid                  A contact’s name (comment) <>
sub   2048R/FFBBAACC 2011-11-12 [expire: 2011-11-22]

In this example, the keyids are 01234567 and 12345678.

Share your key


gpg --send-keys --keyserver <keyid>

to upload you public key on a public server.