pscp man page

pscp — command-line SCP (secure copy) / SFTP client


pscp [options] [user@]host:source target
pscp [options] source [source...] [user@]host:target
pscp [options] -ls [user@]host:filespec


pscp is a command-line client for the SSH-based SCP (secure copy) and SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) protocols.


The command-line options supported by pscp are:

Show version information and exit.
Display the fingerprints of the PuTTY PGP Master Keys and exit, to aid in verifying new files released by the PuTTY team.
Remote directory listing.
Preserve file attributes.
Quiet, don't show statistics.
Copy directories recursively.
Allow server-side wildcards (DANGEROUS).
Show verbose messages.
-load session
Load settings from saved session.
-P port
Connect to port port.
-l user
Set remote username to user.
Disable interactive prompts.
-pw password
Set remote password to password. CAUTION: this will likely make the password visible to other users of the local machine (via commands such as `w').
Force use of SSH protocol version 1.
Force use of SSH protocol version 2.
Enable SSH compression.
-i path
Private key file for user authentication.
-hostkey key

Specify an acceptable host public key. This option may be specified multiple times; each key can be either a fingerprint (99:aa:bb:...) or a base64-encoded blob in OpenSSH's one-line format.

Specifying this option overrides automated host key management; only the key(s) specified on the command-line will be accepted (unless a saved session also overrides host keys, in which case those will be added to), and the host key cache will not be written.

Force use of SCP protocol.
Force use of SFTP protocol.
-sshlog logfile
-sshrawlog logfile

These options make pscp log protocol details to a file. (Some of these may be sensitive, although by default an effort is made to suppress obvious passwords.)

-sshlog logs decoded SSH packets and other events (those that -v would print). -sshrawlog additionally logs the raw encrypted packet data.

More Information

For more information on pscp it's probably best to go and look at the manual on the PuTTY web page:



This man page isn't terribly complete. See the above web link for better documentation.

Referenced By

pnuke(1), pslurp(1), pssh(1).

Explore man page connections for pscp(1).

PuTTY tool suite 2004-03-24