Gpg4win Wishlist

This page is intended for feature ideas and descriptions that could be implemented in the future.


Make it easier to create of keys larger than 3072 bits

Gpg4win/GPA should make it easier to create RSA keys with more than 3072bits. User apap suggests making 4096 bits the default keysize for an RSA key and allowing the user to go much higher (upto 8K keys?, see LargeKeys discussion) in the advanced configuration "create new key" input GUI.


Guide first time users

When starting Kleopatra for the first time on Windows it currently starts up with an empty Window and users may felt lost or may not know what do to next. Kleopatra should give users an idea what to do next, e.g. generated a certificate or configure some keyservers.

Improved Smart Card handling

GUI for Revocation certificates

Kleopatra should allow you to generate and publish a revocation certifcate for your certificates.

Additional localizations

Kleopatra is KDE Software and thus available in 50 Languages. There could be optional "Language pack downloads" made available for those languages or at least for all the languages that the Gpg4win installer supports.

Better certificate selection dialog

The selection dialog could be improved. The default view should be very simple, but showing something that motivates people to look into the second and third layer of information.

  1. Layer: Just a graded information how well the fit of certificates is.
  2. Layer: Showing the accumulated information per email address.
  3. Layer: Showing the default information per email, address like encryption method, last contact via the certification, trustlevel, grade of algorithms.
  4. Hide untrusted (expired) keys by default and only show them on request.

Ability to decrypt files that do not have the .gpg extension in their filename

As of Feb 2014, trying to decrypt a file without the .gpg extension results in the somewhat missleading error message "Could not determine whether this is an S/MIME or an OpenPGP signature - maybe it is not a signature at all?"

Report hints

Trying to import a certificate with an MD5 has signed user id fails because "gpg: Note: signatures using the MD5 algorithm are rejected", it seems this "note" is not displayed, but it should so the user can diagnose this case. post on users-list


Note: Microsoft dropped the exchange client extension interface that GpgOl used in Outlook 2010. Because of this there are now basically two Versions of GpgOl one for Outlook 2010 and later Versions and another one for Outlook 2003 - 2007. Please mark feature ideas for those versions with an (Ol 2010+)

PGP/MIME (Ol 2010+)

Yes that one,.. The big problem here is that Outlook and Exchange mangle the MIME structure and we have to use tricks to correctly implement it. Full support for PGP/mime in an Outlook and Exchange environment might even be impossible. Another problem are restrictions on the way how we can display decrypted and/or verified Data in a way that is secure and user friendly.

In Body Sign/Encrypt (OpenPGP) (Ol 2010+)

For the basic support it would be nice if there was an option to combine the sign encrypt options to create a combined PGP Message. This feature would only be available for OpenPGP (similar as with the clipboard).

Support for 64bit Outlook (Ol 2010+)

Compile, package and test a version of GpgOL for 64bit versions of Outlook. Probably Outlook 2013 as this seem to be more widespread.



Website / Documentation



Improved Encoding handling

File extension handling:

Gpg4win should register file extensions like .asc .gpg .pk7 etc. and open an appropriate Software / Dialog to handle those files when they are double clicked in the Windows explorer. FWIW, gpgme now has an identify feature which works similar to file(1) by looking at the content of a file. As of now it is able to detect binary CMS message and armored PGP messages. We should extend that to binary PGP messages.

Comprehensive Video Tutorials

It would be nice to have a set of clear and short Video tutorials that explain a single use case. With the idea that you can link to those if you want to send someone a short "User friendly" explanation how they can securely communicate with you. Some ideas:

Or Webinars

It seems some people would benefit from an interactive walkthrough to some of the usually stages. Or an interactive question and answer session with screencast (== webinar/webworkshop? :) )

Remove necessity to reboot in the installer

The Gpg4win installer should get a proper handling of running processes and make sure that everything is killed correctly when updating / uninstalling so that the Windows 98'ish "Reboot Now" will usally not anymore happen.

Display the GnuPG engine logo more prominently

There are probably few places where the GnuPG logo should be visible in addition in Gpg4win. The idea behind this is that GnuPG can do many things and Gpg4win should point out that it is fully included and strengthen GnuPG's recognition.

Gpg4win/Wishlist (last edited 2015-01-08 10:14:10 by bernhard)