rpmsign(8) RPM Package Signing


rpm --addsign|--resign PACKAGE_FILE ...

rpm --delsign PACKAGE_FILE ...


Both of the --addsign and --resign options generate and insert new signatures for each package PACKAGE_FILE given, replacing any existing signatures. There are two options for historical reasons, there is no difference in behavior currently.

rpm --delsign PACKAGE_FILE ...

Delete all signatures from each package PACKAGE_FILE given.


In order to sign packages using GPG, rpm must be configured to run GPG and be able to find a key ring with the appropriate keys. By default, rpm uses the same conventions as GPG to find key rings, namely the $GNUPGHOME environment variable. If your key rings are not located where GPG expects them to be, you will need to configure the macro %_gpg_path to be the location of the GPG key rings to use. If you want to be able to sign packages you create yourself, you also need to create your own public and secret key pair (see the GPG manual). You will also need to configure the rpm macros

The name of the "user" whose key you wish to use to sign your packages.

For example, to be able to use GPG to sign packages as the user "John Doe <[email protected]>" from the key rings located in /etc/rpm/.gpg using the executable /usr/bin/gpg you would include

%_gpg_path /etc/rpm/.gpg
%_gpg_name John Doe <[email protected]>
%__gpg /usr/bin/gpg

in a macro configuration file. Use /etc/rpm/macros for per-system configuration and ~/.rpmmacros for per-user configuration. Typically it's sufficient to set just %_gpg_name.


Marc Ewing <[email protected]>
Jeff Johnson <[email protected]>
Erik Troan <[email protected]>
Panu Matilainen <[email protected]>