Usage in Docker

Running in Docker

You can also use openpgp-ca in Docker.

The OpenPGP CA repository contains a dockerfile at /Dockerfile that helps you build and use the openpgp-ca tool.

Building is done by running:

$ docker build --tag openpgp-ca ./

This will build the image and tag it as openpgp-ca. Once built, you can run it as:

$ docker run openpgp-ca

You should see the help output. Running any openpgp-ca command is easy, just add it at the end, like so:

$ docker run openpgp-ca ca init

However, since it’s running in Docker, the database does not persist. The database is kept in /var/run/openpgp-ca/ inside the container. Therefore, you might want to do a volume-mount:

$ docker run -v "/some/host/directory/:/var/run/openpgp-ca/" openpgp-ca ca init

An example centralized workflow of creating a CA and a user would thus be:

$ docker run -v "/some/host/directory/:/var/run/openpgp-ca/" openpgp-ca ca init
$ docker run -v "/some/host/directory/:/var/run/openpgp-ca/" openpgp-ca user add --email --email --name Alicia
$ docker run -v "/some/host/directory/:/var/run/openpgp-ca/" openpgp-ca user add --email
$ docker run -v "/some/host/directory/:/var/run/openpgp-ca/" openpgp-ca user list

Obviously for regular use you might use more automated tools like docker-compose.

Container Registry

You can find our pre-built container images on gitlab.

The “latest” tag can be used from

Example usage

First, let’s create a volume to store the OpenPGP CA database (which contains all of the state of this OpenPGP CA instance)

$ docker volume create example_ca

Then we can run a temporary container that uses this volume and the latest OpenPGP CA build from our GitLab CI (of course you can always build your own image, if you prefer):

$ docker container run --rm \
   -v example_ca:/var/run/openpgp-ca/ \

To initialize an OpenPGP CA instance for the domain, we run

$ docker container run --rm \
   -v example_ca:/var/run/openpgp-ca/ \ \
   ca init

We create a new user:

$ docker container run --rm \
   -v example_ca:/var/run/openpgp-ca/ \ \
   user add --email --name "Alice Adams"

… and then inspect the user database:

$ docker container run --rm \
   -v example_ca:/var/run/openpgp-ca/ \ \
   user list

OpenPGP key for 'Alice Adams'
 fingerprint 4D3B3C810C5A1383967C48E74825DDCB02A64CCB
 user cert (or subkey) signed by CA: true
 user cert has tsigned CA: true
 - email
 no expiration date is set for this user key
 1 revocation certificate(s) available