The Ubuntu 22.04
GPG error: The following signatures couldn't be verified is the most common error when attempting to include third party package repositories to the
apt package manager. The GPG error should rather be treated as a warning against potential package installation from unknown sources. Therefore, the GPG error message prompts the user to verify and manually import the third party signature belonging to relevant package developer.
In this tutorial, you will see how to remedy this error so that you can install the software from your intended PPA repository on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to import public key signature
- How to GPG error when installing a package from PPA repo
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|System||Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish|
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How to import GPG public key signature step by step instructions
- When you receive the GPG error message, first step is to take a note of the public key (NO_PUBKEY). Example:
The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 9578539176BAFBC6 Reading package lists... Done W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net/peek-developers/daily/ubuntu jammy InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 9578539176BAFBC6
From the above output we can see that the missing public key signature is
- Use the key retrieved from the GPG error to import it to the Ubuntu 22.04 system by using the
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 9578539176BAFBC6 Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.fnm4L3G3iP/gpg.1.sh --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 9578539176BAFBC6 gpg: key 9578539176BAFBC6: public key "Launchpad PPA for Peek Developers" imported gpg: Total number processed: 1 gpg: imported: 1
- Confirm that the public key has been imported by listing all currently imported keys by executing the
$ apt-key list /etc/apt/trusted.gpg -------------------- pub rsa4096 2017-02-14 [SC] 8C95 3129 9E7D F2DC F681 B499 9578 5391 76BA FBC6 uid [ unknown] Launchpad PPA for Peek Developers /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ubuntu-keyring-2012-archive.gpg ------------------------------------------------------ ...