Changing the path to the key files in GnuPG for Windows

GnuPG for Windows 7 stores all its key files in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\gnupg, but I wanted to change this path, say to D:\Profile\GPG, so that the files can easily be backed up.

It turns out, there are quite a few different methods to change the path: changing the default keyring location in windows.

I chose to change the config file %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\gnupg\gpg.conf and added these lines:

primary-keyring D:\Profile\GPG\pubring.gpg
secret-keyring  D:\Profile\GPG\secring.gpg
trustdb-name    D:\Profile\GPG\trustdb.gpg
keyring         D:\Profile\GPG\pubring.gpg

Then I moved all the key files to the new location, leaving only gpg.conf in the original path.

Edit: After reconsidering my backup, I set the environment variable GNUPGHOME to D:\Profile\GPG instead of changing gpg.conf. This way, all files related to GPG including the configuration are stored in one location.

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