# Can i transfer files using ssh?

I am using PuTTY on Windows 7 to ssh to my school computer lab. Can I transfer files from my windows machine to my user on the school machines using ssh?

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PSCP is the putty version of scp which is a cp (copy) over ssh command.

PSCP needs to be installed on your windows computer (just downloaded, really, there's no install process). Nothing needs to be installed on the school's servers. PSCP and scp both use ssh to connect.

c:\pscp c:\some\path\to\a\file.txt user@remote:\home\user\some\path


This will up load the file file.txt to the specified directory on the server. If the final part of the destination path is NOT a directory, it will be the new file name. You could also do this to upload the file with a different name:

c:\pscp c:\some\path\to\a\file.txt user@remote:\home\user\some\path\newname.txt


c:\pscp user@remote:\home\user\some\file.txt c:\some\path\to\a\


or

c:\pscp user@remote:\home\user\some\file.txt c:\some\path\to\a\newfile.txt


or

c:\pscp user@remote:\home\user\some\file.txt .


With a lone dot at the end there. This will download the specified file to the current directory.

Since the comment is too far down, I should also point out here that WinSCP exists providing a GUI for all this, if that's of interest: http://winscp.net/eng/download.php

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I can't install anything on the university computers of course. Do I need to? –  Xzar Sep 27 '13 at 22:39
Is the windows 7 machine yours or your schools? I read the question to suggest that your are using putty on your computer to connect to the school's. If that is the case, then you do not need to install anything on the school's computer, but you will need to on yours. –  SuperMagic Sep 27 '13 at 22:40
I'm using my windows 7 machine. thanks! I found the wget command and I used dropbox to transfer the file, but I'll keep this in mind for sure –  Xzar Sep 27 '13 at 22:42
One more thing: scp works both ways. You can upload as well as download with it. –  SuperMagic Sep 27 '13 at 22:44
I'm having a bit of trouble with the syntax of the command. Is it: pscp source "path_to_local_file" user@host:path_to_new_location ? I got it to work with leaving the path on the remote machine blank, it just put it in my root directory. –  Xzar Sep 27 '13 at 22:49