Uploading Files With Secure Copy (SCP)
Note: This is an advanced technique that requires a certain degree of comfort with command-line interfaces.
A program called SCP is available as part of most SSH implementations. SCP is a command line program that can be used to upload or download files.
- A Mason Cluster account
- A SSH client:
You can upload files to the server using the following syntax:
scp SourceFile user@host:directory/TargetFile
scp *.doc email@example.com:your_directory_path
You can download files to your workstation using the following syntax:
scp user@host:directory/SourceFile TargetFile
scp firstname.lastname@example.org:your_directory_path .
For personal sites,
your_directory_path will likely be something like
/home/u3/username/public_html/. You can find out the exact directory, by connecting to the server via SSH and running the
For colleges, departments, and student organizations,
your_directory_path would be something like
directory is whatever appears after http://www.gmu.edu/ in the web address.
Last Updated: April 12, 2016