SCP(1) BSD General Commands Manual SCP(1)
scp -- secure copy (remote file copy program)
scp [-346BCpqrTv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]
[-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program]
[[user@]host1:]file1 ... [[user@]host2:]file2
scp copies files between hosts on a network. It uses ssh(1) for data
transfer, and uses the same authentication and provides the same security
as ssh(1). scp will ask for passwords or passphrases if they are needed
File names may contain a user and host specification to indicate that the
file is to be copied to/from that host. Local file names can be made
explicit using absolute or relative pathnames to avoid scp treating file
names containing ':' as host specifiers. Copies between two remote hosts
are also permitted.
The options are as follows:
-3 Copies between two remote hosts are transferred through the local
host. Without this option the data is copied directly between
the two remote hosts. Note that this option disables the
-4 Forces scp to use IPv4 addresses only.
-6 Forces scp to use IPv6 addresses only.
-B Selects batch mode (prevents asking for passwords or
-C Compression enable. Passes the -C flag to ssh(1) to enable com-
Selects the cipher to use for encrypting the data transfer. This
option is directly passed to ssh(1).
Specifies an alternative per-user configuration file for ssh.
This option is directly passed to ssh(1).
Selects the file from which the identity (private key) for public
key authentication is read. This option is directly passed to
Limits the used bandwidth, specified in Kbit/s.
Can be used to pass options to ssh in the format used in
ssh_config(5). This is useful for specifying options for which
there is no separate scp command-line flag. For full details of
the options listed below, and their possible values, see
Specifies the port to connect to on the remote host. Note that
this option is written with a capital 'P', because -p is already
reserved for preserving the times and modes of the file.
-p Preserves modification times, access times, and modes from the
-q Quiet mode: disables the progress meter as well as warning and
diagnostic messages from ssh(1).
-r Recursively copy entire directories. Note that scp follows sym-
bolic links encountered in the tree traversal.
Name of program to use for the encrypted connection. The program
must understand ssh(1) options.
-T Disable strict filename checking. By default when copying files
from a remote host to a local directory scp checks that the
received filenames match those requested on the command-line to
prevent the remote end from sending unexpected or unwanted files.
Because of differences in how various operating systems and
shells interpret filename wildcards, these checks may cause
wanted files to be rejected. This option disables these checks
at the expense of fully trusting that the server will not send
-v Verbose mode. Causes scp and ssh(1) to print debugging messages
about their progress. This is helpful in debugging connection,
authentication, and configuration problems.
The scp utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
sftp(1), ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), ssh_config(5),
scp is based on the rcp program in BSD source code from the Regents of
the University of California.
Timo Rinne <email@example.com>
Tatu Ylonen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BSD May 3, 2017 BSD
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