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While I understand how to scp files to and from my server from within my home network, how can I scp a file from my server to my local machine when I am on the outside, say at Starbucks?

While I am able to scp from my local machine to my server in this scenario, I haven't figured out how to grab a file from home, using the command line. Any suggestions?

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The way the question is asked is pretty confusing, but if you can copy from your local machine to the server, to go the other way just flip the command line order.

its scp [from] [to]

scp user@homeip:/path/to/file /local/path/
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Thanks, I'll give it a try and confirm if it worked for me. – user98496 Sep 20 '11 at 14:10
I think the question is more about setting up dyndns and port forwarding...he just didn't know what to ask. – RobotHumans Sep 20 '11 at 14:22
True, I probably don't know what to ask. I'm still learning. If you could offer further explanation about what ports I need to forward (and any info I'll need regarding dyndns) in order to achieve my goal, I'd appreciate it:-) – user98496 Sep 20 '11 at 15:31
Suggestion in first response did not work. Normally, when I type: "scp -r somedir me@" it works fine. However, If I try this from a public WIFI connection at say, Starbucks (and not at home), it doesn't work. What am I doing wrong? – user98496 Sep 20 '11 at 18:59
SOLVED: The command that works for me is: scp remoteusername@host:fileiwanttocopy /my/local/comp – user98496 Oct 19 '11 at 18:28

Copy the file "foobar.txt" from a remote host to the local host

$ scp /some/local/directory

Copy the file "foobar.txt" from the local host to a remote host

$ scp foobar.txt

Copy the directory "foo" from the local host to a remote host's directory "bar"

$ scp -r foo

Copy the file "foobar.txt" from remote host "" to remote host ""

$ scp

Copying the files "foo.txt" and "bar.txt" from the local host to your home directory on the remote host

$ scp foo.txt bar.txt

Copy the file "foobar.txt" from the local host to a remote host using port 2264

$ scp -P 2264 foobar.txt

Copy multiple files from the remote host to your current directory on the local host

$ scp\{a,b,c\}

$ scp\{foo.txt,bar.txt\}

For More Information: Secure Copy

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