I have a monitored OS X laptop that I would like to put GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) on. Of course I can't because I don't have Admin rights, but I was hoping there is a way to install it in user space through a virtual environment or chroot, or some other wizardry, or by exacting the package files.

Obviously I only need console access to the app.

  • Went ahead and made a hack using OpenSSL. Something to play with until another option is available. Gist Repo
    – Dan
    Aug 26, 2015 at 23:08

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I don't believe this is a feature that is available yet, as GPG does provide functions which require root access. However, the issue appears to be on their radar as there exists a ticket.

See the ticket here

And 3 forum posts have been tied to that ticket.

  • Sure.. the full GPG Tools suite would be awesome... but all I was looking for is tar -xzvf SomeGpgBins.tar.gz. Looked at GPG4USB but they don't have OSX binaries.
    – Dan
    Aug 26, 2015 at 16:55

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