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Download File From Server Ssh

An SSH session is like a portal into another machine. If you’re used to working with Windows, you’ll know how easy it is to transfer files from one location to another. Just drag and drop! No text commands, no authentication, none of that.

Nov 07, 2016 Users can securely download a file from any remote server with SSH by using the scp tool at the command line. Oct 24, 2020 To transfer a file from a remote server via SSH using SCP, we need the following pieces of information: Login credentials – username, server name or IP address, and password The port number for SSH connections The path to the file on the remote server The path to the download location. Download the bltadwin.rusTerminal.msixbundle file from the Assets section. To install the app, you can simply double-click on the. Do you want to print files from a terminal server to a local printer? Download a TSPrint free trial and test the product in your environment.

However, sometimes you will need to download a file from SSH to your local desktop, such as if you are using one of our Linux VPS servers. And there’s no simple command from within the SSH terminal itself to do this. The two environments are too far apart. However, we have a dedicated tool called “SCP” which stands for “Secure Copy” that’s made for precisely these kinds of situations.

Here’s how it works. First, we have a file on the remote server called filetodownload.txt, as shown here:

We’re going to transfer this file from Linux to our Windows desktop.


Step 1: Gather the Necessary Information

To transfer a file from a remote server via SSH using SCP, we need the following pieces of information:

  1. Login credentials – username, server name or IP address, and password
  2. The port number for SSH connections
  3. The path to the file on the remote server
  4. The path to the download location

You should already have the login credentials when you connect to the server using PuTTY, or some other tool, so we won’t go into it here.

As for the port number, you’ll need to know which SSH server port your VPS listens to. It’ll either be 22 (the default port), or it’ll be given to you when you order your VPS from your hosting provider.

To get the full path to the file you want to transfer, enter the “pwd” command on the CLI of the remote server while the file is in your current directory. This will give you the folder name, like this:

Ssh Get File

Now just append the name of the file to the path you get and you’re done.

As for the path to the download location, that’s something you have to get on your own!

Step 2: Create the SCP Command

Download File From Server Ssh Command

The SCP command looks like this:

Replace the sections in bold with the information you gathered in step 1. For example, the command used for this example is:

Step 3: Running the Command


Open up a command line in Windows. Windows 10 already has SCP installed by default. For this example, we’ll use the Windows PowerShell tool to run the commands. The color contrasts with the yellow, and syntax highlighting is a nice change from the drab command line.

Pasting the above command into the local command line editor gives us:

Download file through ssh server

As you can see, you first need to confirm the connection using the RSA fingerprint of the remote server. Once you type “yes”, it’ll be permanently added to the “known_hosts” file.

The “known_hosts” file in Windows is located at:

Replace [UserName] with your own Windows username. It’s a file without an extension, like this:

An editor like Notepad++ is ideal for these kinds of files. Each RSA fingerprint is added on a new line. This allows you to clear them easily by deleting an entire line at once if you ever need to remove an entry.

Once you provide your password in the prompt, the file is downloaded immediately, as shown here:

And you’re done! Navigate to the location you specified in your SCP command and the file should be visible.

SCP is the most direct way to transfer files from remote servers to local systems. It makes use of the same SSH protocols, so the connection is encrypted all the way through, making it immune to man-in-the-middle attacks. Hopefully, this tutorial will help you use it in an efficient, and easy manner. If you use one of our Managed Linux VPS services, and you have an issue with SCP or need more information about it please don’t hesitate to contact our 24×7 Linux Server Support, which comes included with your hosting plan.

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