Use scp command for file transfer in Linux

The goal is to copy files from one Linux computer to another Linux computer. The scp command is the command of choice.

To get help, type scp –help, the result is the following usage syntax.

usage: scp [-1246BCpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]<br />
[-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program]<br />
[[user@]host1:]file1 [...] [[user@]host2:]file2

Basic syntax is scp source destination on a local Linux computer. However if the source is a remote computer, add the following to the syntax.

scp username@remote_IP_address_or_host_name:absolute_path_to_file localhost_absolute_path_to_file

Example: Copy the file example.txt from remote host to localhost

scp root@ /root/Documents

You will be prompted for a password. To remove the password prompt addional configuration will be necessary. There are guides for this, one is listed in the source(s) below.