The best answers to the question “How do I copy a folder from remote to local using scp?” in the category Dev.
How do I copy a folder from remote to local host using
ssh to log in my server.
Then, I would like to copy the remote folder
foo to local
How do I achieve this?
To use full power of scp you need to go through next steps:
- Public key authorisation
- Create ssh aliases
Then, for example if you have this ~/.ssh/config:
Host test User testuser HostName test-site.com Port 22022 Host prod User produser HostName production-site.com Port 22022
you’ll save yourself from password entry and simplify scp syntax like this:
scp -r prod:/path/foo /home/user/Desktop # copy to local scp -r prod:/path/foo test:/tmp # copy from remote prod to remote test
More over, you will be able to use remote path-completion:
scp test:/var/log/ # press tab twice Display all 151 possibilities? (y or n)
For enabling remote bash-completion you need to have bash-shell on both
<target> hosts, and properly working bash-completion. For more information see related questions:
How to enable autocompletion for remote paths when using scp?
SCP filename tab completion
scp -r [email protected]:/path/to/foo /home/user/Desktop/
By not including the trailing “https://stackoverflow.com/” at the end of foo, you will copy the directory itself (including contents), rather than only the contents of the directory.
man scp (See online manual)
-r Recursively copy entire directories
What I always use is:
scp -r [email protected]:/path/to/server/source/folder/ .
. (dot) : it means
current folder. so copy from server and paste here only.
IP : can be an IP address like
188.8.131.521 or it can be host like
To copy all from Local Location to Remote Location (Upload)
scp -r /path/from/local [email protected]:/path/to/remote
To copy all from Remote Location to Local Location (Download)
scp -r [email protected]:/path/from/remote /path/to/local
Custom Port where
xxxx is custom port number
scp -r -P xxxx [email protected]:/path/from/remote /path/to/local
Copy on current directory from Remote to Local
scp -r [email protected]:/path/from/remote .
-rRecursively copy all directories and files
- Always use full location from
/, Get full location by
scpwill replace all existing files
hostnamewill be hostname or IP address
- if custom port is needed (besides port 22) use
- . (dot) – it means current working directory, So download/copy from server and paste here only.
Note: Sometimes the custom port will not work due to the port not being allowed in the firewall, so make sure that custom port is allowed in the firewall for incoming and outgoing connection