scp - secure copy (remote file copy program)
scp [-pqrvC46] [-S program] [-P port] [-c cipher] [-i
identity_file] [-o option] [ [user1@]host1:]file1 [
The scp utility copies files between hosts on a network. It
uses ssh(1) for data transfer, and uses the same authentica-
tion 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.
The following options are supported:
-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
Selects the cipher to use for encrypting the data
transfer. This option is directly passed to ssh(1).
-C Compression enable. Passes the -C flag to ssh(1) to
Selects the file from which the identity (private key)
for RSA authentication is read. This option is
directly passed to ssh(1).
The given option is directly passed to ssh(1).
-p Preserves modification times, access times, and modes
from the original file.
Specifies the port to connect to on the remote host.
Notice that this option is written with a capital `P',
because -p is already reserved for preserving the
times and modes of the file in rcp(1).
-q Disables the progress meter.
-r Recursively copies entire directories.
Specifies the name of the program to use for the
encrypted connection. The program must understand
-v Verbose mode. Causes scp and ssh(1) to print debugging
messages about their progress. This is helpful in
debugging connection, authentication, and configura-
The following operands are supported:
The name(s) of the host from or to which the file is
to be copied.
The file(s) to be copied.
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful completion.
1 An error occurred.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri-
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
| Availability | SUNWsshu |
rcp(1), ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1),
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OpenSSH, the default path is
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scp is based on the rcp(1) program in the BSD source code
from the Regents of the University of California. The
authors are Timo Rinne and Tatu Ylonen.
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