How to Fix Apt-Get GPG error NO_PUBKEY Ubuntu 14

Fix Apt-Get GPG error NO_PUBKEY Ubuntu

In this tutorial, we will show you how to fix apt-get GPG error NO_PUBKEY on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.  This morning when I do apt-get update on my new Ubuntu 14.04 server, I got these error messages:

Reading package lists... Done
W: GPG error: http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 NO_PUBKEY 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32
W: GPG error: http://archive.canonical.com trusty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 NO_PUBKEY 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32
W: GPG error: http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 NO_PUBKEY 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32
W: GPG error: http://archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 NO_PUBKEY 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32

Fix Apt-Get GPG error NO_PUBKEY Ubuntu

After did some small research on Google, I found a way to overcome this GPG NO_PUBKEY error by downloading the missing key using apt-key tools. The command is as follow:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 40976EAF437D05B5

Command result:

Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --homedir /tmp/tmp.nbL6QNuTxI --no-auto-check-trustdb --trust-model always --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 40976EAF437D05B5
gpg: requesting key 437D05B5 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key 437D05B5: public key "Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key <ftpmaster@ubuntu.com>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Second command:

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32

Result:

Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --homedir /tmp/tmp.scMJ2LlY0s --no-auto-check-trustdb --trust-model always --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32
gpg: requesting key C0B21F32 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key C0B21F32: public key "Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key (2012) <ftpmaster@ubuntu.com>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

Notice that codes 40976EAF437D05B5 and 3B4FE6ACC0B21F32 were taken from the error messages above. Now you can do apt-get update again and you should have no error anymore.

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