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SCP (secure copy) is a very widely used linux command for copying files across machines over the network.
You can upload files from your machine to remote servers and/or download files from remote server to your local machine, using standard SSH authentication.
scp enables your to run
cp (default copy command) to/from a remote machine, the same way
ssh enables you to log in and run a shell on a remote machine.
Simplest Usage (upload a file from your machine to a remote server)
$ scp yiitheme68.zip <username>@<ip>:/home/<username>/Downloads
Upload a file using an Identity key
$ scp -v -i <identityFileLocation> <fileLocation> <remoteUsername>@<remoteHostOrIP>:
Where all values within
">" should be replaced with your own values;
sending a single file using a
$ scp -v -i ~/.ssh/key.pem data.txt firstname.lastname@example.org:
sending a directory using a
$ scp -r -v -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ~/a_directory/ queirozf@a_host:
p.s.: the colon (
":") at the end is not a typo.
Download a file FROM the server TO your local machine
$ scp queirozf@<host>:foobar.txt /some/local/directory
Download a file using an identity key (private key)
$ scp -i ~/.ssh/<your_key_name> queirozf@<host>:a_sql_dump.sql ~/backup/
Download directories and subdirectories recursively from a server TO your machine
-p is optional; it forces the downloaded files to keep the same "last-modified-timestamps" as the original files.
$ scp -rp <username>@<host>:/path/to/remote/directory/ /path/to/local/target