Is a default GPG request routed through Tor by default on Tails or should I wrap it around Torify.

For example: gpg --receive-keys "0x2bd5824b7f9470e6"

or it should be: torify gpg --receive-keys "0x2bd5824b7f9470e6"

I have seen that Tails routes most traffic through tor but I am not sure if the terminal commands are too, so should I use torify here or not?

(I am also askin about seahorse's "Find Remote Keys" option, is that routed through Tor or not?)

2 Answers 2


Everything on Tails either goes through Tor or cannot connect to the internet.

In Tails, GnuPG's dirmngr (which is used to fetch keys), is configured to use Tor by default.

The request will go over Tor even without torify.

  • so what is the point of torify then?
    – quickhelp
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 10:17
  • Other applications may not be configured to go over Tor by default. gpg is, however.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 23:52

Tails is supposed to be to route all from the guest VM's through Tor, so it depends on where are you calling it from. Use QubesOS and be free from these OOB problems. If you need more help - just drop me a line!

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