Can't decrypt my passwords: gpg: decryption failed: No secret key

Steve Gilberd steve at
Sat Feb 1 10:50:45 CET 2020

If you have deleted your old secret key, then you'll need to restore it
from backups. GPG is reasonably secure; there is no way to decrypt your
passwords without the secret key(s) for which they were encrypted.


Steve Gilberd
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On Sat, 1 Feb 2020, 22:24 Csanyi Pal, <csanyipal at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I messed up my GPG secret key and password-store system here.
> I do not understand how GPG works.
> I removed with Seahorse my old secret key so now pass show command does
> not shows any passwords out there.
> Eg:
> pass show AvilagHalon/Telefonjaim/Telenor
> gives this message.
> gpg: decryption failed: No secret key
> How did I get into this trouble?
> I am going to change my Desktop Environment from Xfce4 to LXQt.
> So when I am logged in at LXQt then I couldn't use passwords with pass,
> or QtPass. I do not remember why not.
> Probably I removed with Seahorse the old GPG secret key so I can't
> decrypt my passwords stored in password-store.
> At the same time I created a new key pair with gpg and tried to use with
> it the password-store but without success.
> What can I do now to get my passwords back?
> --
> Best, Paul Chany
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