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7. Advanced Client Use > Secure, Interactive Copy with sftp

Secure, Interactive Copy with sftp

The sftp client is an alternative to scp, though under the hood it does mostly the same thing: it copies files between SSH client and server machines securely. The main difference is that sftp is interactive, with an interface much like the old FTP programs. [2.7.1]

7.6.1 Interactive Commands

To get started, run sftp with a remote hostname:

    $ sftp server.example.com

or username and hostname:

    $ sftp smith@server.example.com

You’ll get a prompt:

    sftp>

and now may type commands to transfer files between your local and remote machine. For example:

    sftp> cd remote_directory     Change to a particular remote directory
    sftp> ls                      List the names of available files
    sftp> get remotefile          Download the file "remotefile"
    sftp> get remotefile newname  Same as above, but the local file will be renamed as "newname"
    sftp> put localfile           Upload the file "localfile"
    sftp> put localfile othername Same as above, but the remote file will be renamed as "othername"
    sftp> quit                    Quit sftp

  

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