SCP(1) BSD General Commands Manual SCP(1)
scp - secure copy (remote file copy program)
scp [-1246BCpqrv] [-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). Unlike rcp(1), scp will ask for passwords or passphrases if
they are needed for authentication.
Any file name may contain a host and user specification to indicate that
the file is to be copied to/from that host. Copies between two remote
hosts are permitted.
When copying a source file to a target file which already exists, scp
will replace the contents of the target file (keeping the inode).
If the target file does not yet exist, an empty file with the target file
name is created, then filled with the source file contents. No attempt
is made at "near-atomic" transfer using temporary files.
The options are as follows:
-1 Forces scp to use protocol 1.
-2 Forces scp to use protocol 2.
-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 RSA
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 in
-p Preserves modification times, access times, and modes from the
-q Disables the progress meter.
-r Recursively copy entire directories.
Name of program to use for the encrypted connection. The program
must understand ssh(1) options.
-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.
scp exits with 0 on success or >0 if an error occurred.
rcp(1), sftp(1), ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1),
scp is based on the rcp(1) program in BSD source code from the Regents of
the University of California.
Timo Rinne 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉
Tatu Ylonen 〈email@example.com〉
BSD September 25, 1999 BSD