Ubuntu – Copy folders (not one file) using SSH ubuntu?


I am trying to copy a folder to remote Ubuntu server using command line ssh connection, i understand it's doable to transfer a file using scp but i have many files in a folder iam trying to copy to that remote server, how is that done? anyone?
Thank you.

Best Answer

You can use secure copy (scp) with the recursive option (-r):

scp -r /path/to/local/dir user@remotehost:/path/to/remote/dir

Alternatively, I recommend rsync because you can resume transfers if the connection breaks, and it intelligently transfers only the differences between files:

rsync -avz -e 'ssh' /path/to/local/dir user@remotehost:/path/to/remote/dir

Note that in both cases you should be careful of trailing slashes: moving /path/to/local/dir to remotehost:/path/to/remote/dir/ results in /path/to/remote/dir/dir