OS X Lion and PGP

Another OS X version, another disappointment with PGP. Quick answer to your questions: PGP does not work under OS X Lion. As we speak, there is no official message on when it will. Those of us who braved the OS upgrade saw the following:

What else did you expect?

GPG Tools page says everything except the Mail plug-in works well.

So, if you get to know anything on file and message encryption in the new world of Lion, please drop a comment on this message.


15 Responses to “OS X Lion and PGP”

  1. 1 Wayne Oliver July 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm


    About to upgrade, gonna miss that plugin!

  2. 2 Tiago Coimbra July 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I believe that there is a new version labeled 10.1.2 build 50 (Service Pack 3) (http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH163224).

    Did anyone try to load pgp desktop 10.1.2 with Lion ?

    • 3 AAEE July 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

      10.1.2 Build 50 (SP3) displays the same behavior as mentioned above, just imagine the same screen shot but with the “you have PGP” instead of 10.1.1 you get the same message with Lion 10.7.2 (you can download for iCloud via Mac Developers site…)

    • 4 Tiago Coimbra July 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Tested php desktop 10.1.2 build 50, and the problem is the same. Looks like we need to wait that some lazy engineers do their job…

  3. 5 jason July 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    just double click your PGP disk image file.

  4. 6 Daniel July 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Utterly disgraceful that the product release will be targeted “in the next few months” – shows utter disregard for a significant group of business users and neglect of the PGP product. http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH165159

  5. 7 fdboucher July 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Unacceptable… My secret OGP disk image, containing sensitive information, does not open anymore… I NEED those files! Please update the software!

  6. 8 Nonone August 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I just installed the new version which reports as – same error, does not launch.

  7. 9 Adam Pridgen (@apridgen) August 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    hehe, got it working by pure chance.

    attempt to execute: /Applications/PGP.app/Contents/MacOS/PGP

    Then, as if by magic Lion detects I need a Java runtime (wtf no JRE) and automagically. installs it.

    I don’t know whats more scary. Symantec’s response or the fact that Lion automatically installed an application when it was not present.

  8. 11 Steve Bunting August 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    When Symantec acquired PGP, they axed about a dozen Mac developers. Any wonder, then, that Mac support lags well behind? OS X is not a priority for Symantec.

    I have to wonder why Apple doesn’t come out with iGPG and fix this mess once and for all ….


  9. 12 Alfonso Carrillo Montiel October 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    There’s PGP Desktop 10.2 MP1 which is a pain in the ass to download, but actually runs on Lion, problem is, it randomly quits, erases message services, etc, and well it’s been impossible to set up with icloud 😥

  10. 13 Daniel October 17, 2011 at 8:32 am

    10.2 seems to be OK, though I have also had a couple of stability issues and the licence activation process was very flaky, requiring a full re-install and some strange suggestions from Symantec PGP support (yes it does still exist!)

  11. 14 Ty Rayner November 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I too was really disappointed by the general-purpose encryption offerings available on OS X. So I wrote TextShade. It provides 256-bit AES encryption of text and images, with a free online decryptor. Check it out:

  12. 15 Stan February 17, 2012 at 2:47 am works with lion over command prompt

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