I am connected with ssh and I want to copy a directory from my local to our remote server; how can I do that? I have read several post using scp but that doesn't worked for me. Some posts suggested using rsync but in my case I just wants to copy one directory.

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If you want to copy a directory from machine a to b while logged into a:

scp -r /path/to/directory user@ipaddress:/path/to/destination

If you want to copy a directory from machine a to b while logged into b:

scp -r user@ipaddress:/path/to/directory /path/to/destination

I don't quite understand what you mean by "doesn't clicked to me", I have used this method countless times before.

  • I think more intuitive answer would be "from machine b to a while logged into a" anybody can swap a in the head, but would indicate source/destination much better, unless I'm crazy :) Apr 10, 2020 at 20:26
  • @PawelCioch While I definitely agree with you, it's not difficult to comprehend. I did write this answer almost 3 years ago, and I wasn't very good with English :)
    – Erik
    Apr 11, 2020 at 0:17
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    Well several years on, 2020, and I thank you for your answer, found it easy to read with no problems. Worked like a charm.
    – redfox05
    Dec 1, 2020 at 12:01

You can use cpio or tar to create an archive as a stream on standard output, pipe that to ssh and extract the stream on the remote host. For example, using tar:

tar cf - dir | ssh remotehost tar xf -

To extract the archive in a different directory on the remote host, use

tar cf - dir | ssh remotehost tar xfC - /path/on/remote

Think this might work for you:

scp file user@host:/location_to_save_file

scp - secure copy - the file(s) you want to scp to remote node - the user who has permissions to scp file, i.e sysadmin, etc @ - user and host separator host - the node you are scp the file(s) :/location_to_save_file - absolute path to save the file

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