The keys.openpgp.org server is a public service for the distribution and discovery of OpenPGP-compatible keys, commonly referred to as a "keyserver".
For instructions, see our usage guide.
An OpenPGP key contains two types of information:
Traditionally, these pieces of information have always been distributed together. On keys.openpgp.org, they are treated differently. While anyone can upload all parts of any OpenPGP key to keys.openpgp.org, our keyserver will only retain and publish certain parts under certain conditions:
Any non-identity information will be stored and freely redistributed, if it passes a cryptographic integrity check. Anyone can download these parts at any time as they contain only technical data that can't be used to directly identify a person. Good OpenPGP software can use keys.openpgp.org to keep this information up to date for any key that it knows about. This helps OpenPGP users maintain secure and reliable communication.
The identity information in an OpenPGP key is only distributed with consent. It contains personal data, and is not strictly necessary for a key to be used for encryption or signature verification. Once the owner gives consent by verifying their e-mail address, the key can be found by everyone via search by address.
This service is run as a community effort. You can talk to us in #hagrid on Freenode IRC, also reachable as #hagrid:stratum0.org on Matrix. Of course you can also reach us via e-mail, at support at keys dot openpgp dot org. The folks who are running this come from various projects in the OpenPGP ecosystem, including Sequoia-PGP, OpenKeychain, and Enigmail.
Technically, keys.openpgp.org runs on the Hagrid keyserver software, which is based on Sequoia-PGP. We are hosted on the eclips.is platform, a hosting provider focused on Internet Freedom projects, run by Greenhost.