I'm trying to copy a file on my home network using scp. However, every time I run it, it just prints usage instructions.

$ scp [email protected]:ipdetect-0.6.tar.bz2
usage: scp [-12346BCpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]
           [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program]
           [[user@]host1:]file1 ... [[user@]host2:]file2

What am I doing wrong?

1 Answer 1


You forgot the destination.

scp [email protected]:ipdetect-0.6.tar.bz2 .

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