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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:
-V Show version information and exit.
-pgpfp Display the fingerprints of the PuTTY PGP Master Keys and exit, to aid in verifying new files released by the PuTTY team.
-ls Remote directory listing.
-p Preserve file attributes.
-q Quiet, don’t show statistics.
-r Copy directories recursively.
-unsafe Allow server-side wildcards (DANGEROUS).
-v Show verbose messages.
-load session Load settings from saved session.
-P port Connect to port port.
-l user Set remote username to user.
-batch 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’).
-1 Force use of SSH protocol version 1.
-2 Force use of SSH protocol version 2.
-C 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 OpenSSHs 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.

-scp Force use of SCP protocol.
-sftp 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.


For more information on pscp its 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.

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