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SCP(1)                    BSD General Commands Manual                   SCP(1)

NAME
     scp - secure copy (remote file copy program)

SYNOPSIS
     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

DESCRIPTION
     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 con-
     taining ':' 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 passphrases).

     -C      Compression enable.  Passes the -C flag to ssh(1) to enable compression.

     -c cipher
             Selects the cipher to use for encrypting the data transfer.  This option is directly passed to ssh(1).

     -F ssh_config
             Specifies an alternative per-user configuration file for ssh.  This option is directly passed to ssh(1).

     -i identity_file
             Selects the file from which the identity (private key) for public key authentication is read.  This
             option is directly passed to ssh(1).

     -l limit
             Limits the used bandwidth, specified in Kbit/s.

     -o ssh_option
             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 ssh_config(5).

                   AddressFamily
                   BatchMode
                   BindAddress
                   ChallengeResponseAuthentication
                   CheckHostIP
                   Cipher
                   Ciphers
                   Compression
                   CompressionLevel
                   ConnectionAttempts
                   ConnectTimeout
                   ControlMaster
                   ControlPath
                   GlobalKnownHostsFile
                   GSSAPIAuthentication
                   GSSAPIDelegateCredentials
                   HashKnownHosts
                   Host
                   HostbasedAuthentication
                   HostKeyAlgorithms
                   HostKeyAlias
                   HostName
                   IdentityFile
                   IdentitiesOnly
                   KbdInteractiveDevices
                   LogLevel
                   MACs
                   NoHostAuthenticationForLocalhost
                   NumberOfPasswordPrompts
                   PasswordAuthentication
                   PKCS11Provider
                   Port
                   PreferredAuthentications
                   Protocol
                   ProxyCommand
                   PubkeyAuthentication
                   RekeyLimit
                   RhostsRSAAuthentication
                   RSAAuthentication
                   SendEnv
                   ServerAliveInterval
                   ServerAliveCountMax
                   StrictHostKeyChecking
                   TCPKeepAlive
                   UsePrivilegedPort
                   User
                   UserKnownHostsFile
                   VerifyHostKeyDNS

     -P port
             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 rcp(1).

     -p      Preserves modification times, access times, and modes from the original file.

     -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 symbolic links encountered in the tree
             traversal.

     -S program
             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.

     The scp utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

IPV6
     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.

SEE ALSO
     rcp(1), sftp(1), ssh(1), ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(1), ssh-keygen(1), ssh_config(5), sshd(8)

HISTORY
     scp is based on the rcp(1) program in BSD source code from the Regents of the University of California.

AUTHORS
     Timo Rinne <triATiki.fi>
     Tatu Ylonen <yloATcs.fi>

BSD                            November 19, 2017                           BSD