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

Emil Lundberg lundberg.emil at
Sat Feb 1 10:53:50 CET 2020

If you have a backup of your GPG secret key, you can restore that and use
it to re-encrypt your passwords to the new key.

If you do not have a backup, your encrypted passwords are permanently lost.
There is no way to recover them without the secret key.

I'm sorry to bring the bad news, if that is the case.


On Sat, 1 Feb 2020, 10:26 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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