[neomutt-users] Full encryption with neomutt?

Jörg Sommer joerg at jo-so.de
Wed Dec 29 18:50:27 CET 2021

moonmaillist at firemail.cc schrieb am Wed 29. Dec, 12:43 (+0000):
> I am using neomutt for a long time, but I couldn't figure out a good way to
> use encryption (only if it is possible or needed).
> The problem is, that neomutt tries to encrypt every email I write and if it
> doesn't find a key, it only gives me the message "No key found", but I can't
> send the email unencrypted (neomutt just blocks me from doing it). If
> encryption is deactivated, I can write emails to everyone, but can't
> activate encryption manually (if I know I own the public key of an
> recipient). In general, I have to close neomutt, change the config and start
> it again to activate encryption for one case.

You can change the encryption setting for each mail by hitting 'p' and maybe
than 's' to sign-only the mail.

> My goal would be to hit a button so neomutt will check key-servers to get
> possible keys of the current recipient I am writing to. If a key exists, it
> uses encryption and if not, just show that no encryption is active and let
> me send it unencrypted. The key-server might be an optional step and it
> would be just nice if neomutt could check local keys and if a key is found,
> activate encryption, if not, do not activate it and let me write unencrypted
> mails.

I wanted the same, but I found no way to do it with neomutt. But neomutt
supports the pseudo-header Pgp and I set this with Emacs. While I'm
composing the message, Emacs checks for the keys in the background and
enables encryption if possible.


Regards, Jörg

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Sollte man nicht auch noch den Kopf hängen lassen.
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