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[-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.
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.
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 public
key authentication is read. This option is directly passed to
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
The scp utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
IPv6 address can be used everywhere where IPv4 address. In all entries
must be the IPv6 address enclosed in square brackets. Note: The square
brackets are metacharacters for the shell and must be escaped in shell.
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 March 23, 2017 BSD