The Secure Copy (scp) Command

Secure Copy (scp) is a Linux remote file copy command. It can be used like the Copy (cp) command but supports the secure transfer of file between hosts on a network.

The basic synopsis for this program is as follows. See the manual page for more information.

scp [[ [email protected] ] host1: ] file1 ... [[ [email protected] ] host2: ] file2

To copy a file from a remote machine to the local host.

scp [email protected]:file.txt /home/yourusername/

To copy a file from the local host to a remote machine.

scp file.txt [email protected]:/remote/directory

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