+++ This prototype got merged with and is continued at OpenPGP.js +++The content of this side is left for reference reasons.
GPG4Browsers is a prototype implementation of the OpenPGP Message Format [RFC 4880]. The implementation is currently written as Chrome Browser Extension with a Googlemail integration for encrypting, decrypting or signing emails.
The OpenPGP implementation supports all asymmetric, symmetric ciphers (except IDEA) and hash functions specified in the standard and implements the following use cases:
- Encryption and decryption of messages
- Sign and verify message signatures
- Import and export of certificates
The implementation is compatible with the GnuPG implementation standard settings except the standard compression used. To create a compatible message in GnuPG use the option --compress-algo none.
Limitations and Licensing
The code is released under the GNU Lesser Public License.
The implementation currently not supports:
- Generation, manipulation or creation of signatures on keys
- Several signature types on keys
- Symmetric only encrypted messages
- Compressed data packets
The following code of other projects has been modified or used for this project:
|AES library||Herbert Hanewinkel|
|CAST5 email@example.com with modifications from Herbert Hanewinkel|
|DES library||Paul Tero with modification from Michael Hayworth|
|Blowfish library||nklein software (Patrick Fleckenstein)|
|Twofish library||Atsushi Oka|
|SHA library||Brian Turek|
|MD5 library||Henri Torgemane|
|Base64 encoding library||Herbert Hanewinkel|
|JS BigNum library||Tom Wu|
|OpenPGP CFB||Partially from Herbert Hanewinkel|
|UI library||The jQuery Project|
Get the code
The current release is available as ZIP archive here.
The source code is located in the following subversion repository: http://gpg4browsers.recurity.com/svn/gpg4browsers/
To install the extension perform the following steps:
- Get the source code
- Open chrome://extensions in the google-chrome browser
- Enable the developer mode on the far right
- Click on "Load unpacked extension .." and select the source code folder where the manifest file is located
- Check the "Allow in incognito" option.
For using the Browser extension you need to import private and public OpenPGP keys. This can be done by using the extensions options page linked at chrome://extensions. The options page allows to search keys on a public key server which exposes the service at port 80.
- Login to google mail
- Click on the page action (on the right side of the address bar within your google mail tab) to create a openpgp message
- When an OpenPGP signed or encrypted message is displayed in the google mail interface a popup occurs allowing the mail to be opened with GPG4Browsers.
The source code is documented using JavaDoc annotation. An architectural overview as well as example code can be found in the Developer Documentation (PDF).
For questions, comments or contributions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.