regpg - safely store server secrets

The regpg program is a thin wrapper around gpg for looking after secrets that need to be stored encrypted in a version control system (so you don't have to trust the VCS server) and decrypted when your configuration management system deploys them to servers.



Download the single-file regpg perl script: and its GPG signature.

Download the full source archives and GPG signatures:


If you use regpg, let me know! Send me mail at

If you would like to submit a bug report or a patch, or if you would like more information about regpg's licence, see doc/


For a simple one-file install you can copy the regpg script to a directory on your $PATH. If you have but not bare regpg then you need to run make.

You can run make install to install the script and man page to the standard places in your home directory, and make uninstall to remove them. See the start of the Makefile for variables you can set on the command line to adjust the install location. See doc/ for more details about building from git.


To use regpg you need the following programs. I've listed the versions that I have tested.

You only need the following programs if you use regpg's helper subcommands.

You only need the following to build from git.


You can clone or browse the repository from:


Thanks to Jon Warbrick who gave me the idea for regpg's key management; and David Carter, Ben Harris, Paul Haughton, Ian Lewis, David McBride, mchubby, and Matthew Vernon for helpful bug reports and discussions.

Written by Tony Finch
at Cambridge University Information Services.

regpg is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

regpg is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with regpg. If not, see