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Using SCP Command in DigitalOcean Server - All about it ?

This article covers how to use SCP command in DigitalOcean to transfer files. In fact, The secure copy protocol also follows regular command-line and SSH functionality, helping to create a seamless command set for managing files between Linux machines.


SCP Command Options includes:

  • -1 Use protocol 1.
  • -2 Use protocol 2.
  • -4 Only use Ipv4 addresses.
  • -6 Only use IPv6 addresses.
  • -B Run in batch mode, disabling all queries for user input.
  • -b buffer_size Specify the buffer size used for data transfer. If not specified, uses the default - 32768 bytes.
  • -C Enable compression.
  • -c cipher Select the cipher for data encryption. If not specified, SCP uses the default - ‘AnyStdCipher’.
  • -D debug_level Set the debug level (1, 2, 3, or 99).
  • -d Copy the file, only if the destination directory already exists.
  • -F file Specify an alternative configuration file for SSH.
  • -h Show a list of command options.
  • -i file Specify the file from which to read the identity for public key authentication.
  • -l limit Limit the bandwidth (specify the limit in Kbit/s).
  • -o ssh_option Set options to SSH in ssh_config format.
  • -P port Specify the port to which to connect. If not specified, SCP uses port 22.
  • -q Run SCP in quiet mode.
  • -Q Disable displaying any file transfer statistics.
  • -r Copy recursively.
  • -S program Use a specified program for encryption connection.
  • -u Delete the source file once the copy is complete.
  • -v Enable verbose mode, which sets the debug level to 2.



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