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Secure file transfer

Here you will find information on Handelsbanken's public cryptographic keys.

Change of keys

To improve security for our customers and vendors, we are introducing stricter requirements for technical encryption in file communication. 

Handelsbanken may, at regular intervals, make new public keys available. We will ensure that we update this page well in advance prior to switch-over from old keys, as well as communicate details regarding the change to you in a separate, private channel.

Make sure you update your keys prior to any deadlines.

Please remember: when an old key expires, it is good security practice to remove it from your system.

Handelsbanken acting as SFTP server

In order to use SFTP vis-a-vis Handelsbanken (i.e. when we act as an SFTP server) you will need to download our SSH public host key. This key will make it possible for your software to ensure that you communicate with the correct server, and avoid so-called man-in-the-middle attacks.

The SSH host key must be installed in your SFTP software. Please refer to your documentation or supplier for details. The key you download from us is safe, i.e. it need not be kept a secret.


We have three different keys, each with a different fingerprint. Fingerprints are short texts, calculated mathematically, which ensure that the key is correct, and come in two flavours per key.

Preferred key
Our preferred key is ECDSA. This is a modern, secure and fast algorithm. Size: 521 bit

The key is valid from 3 March, 2021.

ECDSA (txt)  
Fingerprints ECDSA (txt)

Secondary choice
The secondary choice, RSA, is equally secure as ECDSA, but uses different mathematical principles. 

Current RSA key (size 1024 bit) (txt)  
Fingerprints current RSA (txt)

This will be replaced by the 4096 key below later this year. Please import both keys, or choose ECDSA.

RSA (size 4096 bit) (txt)    
Fingerprints RSA (txt)

Please note that the due to the different algorithms being used, an RSA key of 4096 bit is roughly equivalent to ECDSA 521 bit. 

Third choice
A third choice exists: ED25519, another modern algorithm. Size: 256 bit 

The key will be activated later this year.

ED25519 (txt)    
Fingerprints ED25519 (txt)

Public PGP key

To ensure the safety of file content, we offer the use of the PGP encryption method. This method uses a technology known as asymmetric encryption, or public key cryptography. 


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Do you have any questions relating to secure file transfer? We are happy to guide you if you need our help. 

Feel free to contact us at Handelsbanken Corporate File Services.
E-mail: filegateway@handelsbanken.se 

For other bank-related questions, please refer to your local Handelsbanken branch office.