I am writing a Bash Script wherein I need to run some set of commands on a remote Linux server from my local computer using SSH. I want the results to be displayed on the terminal screen or dump the results in a file on my local system.

How can achieve this? Is the following syntax correct?


ssh <user>@<remote_host> 'COMMAND >> /path/to/file ; scp /path/to/file <user>@<local_host>:<location>; exit'

Thanks in advance.

  • The backslash before #! is certainly not correct. These two characters need to be the very first two bytes in the file in order for them to do anything useful.
    – tripleee
    Jul 13, 2017 at 17:13

2 Answers 2


To have the results display on the terminal screen:

ssh <user>@<remote_host> COMMAND

To have the results saved to a file:

ssh <user>@<remote_host> COMMAND > FILE

To have the results both displayed on the terminal screen and saved to a file:

ssh <user>@<remote_host> COMMAND | tee FILE
  • Hi Daniel, Thank you for the reply. First command will display the results on terminal screen of remote host. I want it to be displayed on the terminal screen of local machine. Mar 21, 2014 at 8:30
  • Since the ssh session is running in the terminal of your local machine, text that is displayed on the remote machine is also displayed on the local machine. I don't believe I understand exactly what you are trying to do.
    – dannyadam
    Mar 21, 2014 at 16:00

If you do not intervene, stdout will normally appear on the local terminal. It can be saved to a local file as follow:

ssh <user>@<remote_host> COMMAND >my_local_file

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