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How do you copy a file to your desktop from SSH server on Ubuntu?

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-1 for not showing any research effort and being too ambiguous. What are the operating systems involved on both sides? Is it Ubuntu → Windows? Windows → Ubuntu? Ubuntu → Ubuntu? – slhck Jan 3 '12 at 9:27

SCP is probably the easiest way:

scp username@server.com:remote/path/to/file.txt ~/local/path/to/file.txt
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If your Desktop is Windows-based, use WinSCP.

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

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Or the PuTTY version of scp - pscp. – tidbeck Jan 3 '12 at 14:24

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