Check integrity of Gpg4win packages

You shall only run applications on your computer that you trust. This page shows several methods to check that the software called Gpg4win that you have just downloaded originates from the Gpg4win Initiative.

Code Signing Certificate

All Gpg4win installer files since April 2016 are code signed. The signature informations used to code sign the packages can be found on the Gpg4Win package integrity site. Windows can check the integrity and the publisher of a signed software package.

Method A: UAC

When trying to run the installer on Windows, the User Access Control dialog will show the publisher, check that is the one you expected it to be. :) (If you have disabled User Access Control use a different method.)

Method B: file properties

A second way is to use the file properties in the explorer. Right click on the installer -> properties -> digital signatures -> Details of signatures. Use this with Firefox or Iridium (Chromium) until T3379 is solved.

Method C: signtool

A third way is to use MSDN:SignTool which is a part of the Microsoft development tools: Open open a command line, navigate to the folder and enter

SignTool verify gpg4win*.exe


Once you have downloaded the file, you can verify that it matches the published checksums (that you have gotten via a trusted channel). Open a command line, navigate to your Download-Folder and put in the line:

certutil -hashfile gpg4win-3.1.7.exe sha256

If this does not work, try sha1 instead of sha256. (SHA-256 is to be preferred, but we are not aware of a standard Microsoft tool to check SHA-256 for elder versions of Windows. If you have a different tool available to check SHA-256 checksums, you can use it.)

On systems that run older operating systems, than Windows 8: Install a certain Windows Patch, which delivers the functionality.

Once you have entered the command, it will return an alphanumeric string, which you can compare to the one on the Gpg4Win package integrity site. Make sure to compare it to the checksum with the same algorithm (SHA-256 or SHA-1).

OpenPGP signatures

If you upgrade your Gpg4Win version, you already have gnupg installed and you can verify the integrity of the downloaded file, by its OpenPGP signature. To do so, you have to download, next the file, the signature of the file. You'll find the download-links on the Gpg4Win package integrity site. The Key, with which the files are signed, is also given on that page. You have to import the key and now you can validate the signature of the file with the command

gpg --verify gpg4win*.exe.sig gpg4win*.exe

File lengths

Navigate to the folder, where you downloaded the Gpg4Win packages to, and enter


The command will list all files and their sizes in the directory. You can then compare those results with the sizes given on the Gpg4Win package integrity site.

This can help you spot a corrupt file where the downloading got aborted or something. It will not protect you against an attacker.


If you encounter any problems, please feel free to ask them at the forums or on the mailinglist. If you already figured out, how to fix your issue, please leave your answer here

Gpg4win/CheckIntegrity (last edited 2019-06-26 06:57:03 by ThomasArendsenHein)