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gnunet-identitymaintain (create, delete or list) or perform actions with egos

gnunet-identity [-C NAME | --create=NAME] [-D NAME | --delete=NAME] [-d | --display] [-e NAME | --ego=NAME] [-h | --help] [-k PUBLIC_KEY | --key=PUBLIC_KEY] [-m | --monitor] [-p | --private-keys] [-q | --quiet] [-R MESSAGE | --read=MESSAGE] [-V | --verbose] [-W MESSAGE | --write=MESSAGE] [-X | --eddsa]

gnunet-identity is a tool for managing egos. An ego is the persona that controls a namespace. It is identical to a public-private ECC key pair.

gnunet-identity can be used to list all of the egos that were created locally, to create new egos, and to delete existing egos (the namespace will continue to exist, but it will be impossible to add additional data to it).

In addition, it is possible to encrypt and decrypt messages (arbitrary strings) using a given public key (for encryption) or ego (for decryption).

Creating a new ego requires using the -C option together with an identifier (name) that is to be used for the new ego. This identifier is only used locally for this peer and not shared with other peers. The options are as follows:

Creates a new ego with the given NAME.
Delete the ego with the given NAME.
Display all of our egos.
Perform "set" operation with the respective ego or restrict "display" operation to the respective ego.
Print the help page.
The public key to use for a message recipient. Use together with -W. The recipient can obtain the desired ego's public key using the "display" operation.
Run in monitor mode, listing all ouf our egos until CTRL-C is pressed. Each ego is listed together with a unique pointer value; if egos are renamed, that pointer value remains the same, if egos are deleted, they are listed one more time with a name of "<null>".
Print the private keys (in Crockford Base32 encoding), and not just the public keys. The second column shows the public key, the third column shows the private key.
Be quiet, in particular outputs only the public key when listing egos.
Decrypt (read) a message using the respective ego private key. Use together with -e. The message consists of an ephemeral key and the ciphertext, separated by a dot. Such messages can be created with -W.
Be verbose, in particular outputs the public key of freshly created egos.
Encrypt (write) the given message for the identity given with -k. The output contains an ephemeral message public key and the message separated by a dot. The entire line needs to be transferred to the recipient, who can use -R to decrypt the message.
Use EdDSA instead of ECDSA.

~/.local/share/gnunet/identity/egos Directory where the egos are stored by default

gnunet-gns(1), gnunet-namestore(1)

The full documentation for gnunet is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info(1) and gnunet programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info gnunet

should give you access to the complete handbook,

info gnunet-c-tutorial

will give you access to a tutorial for developers.

Depending on your installation, this information is also available in gnunet(7) and gnunet-c-tutorial(7).

Report bugs by using or by sending electronic mail to <>.

September 5, 2013 Debian