I have a Mac mini at home that I can SSH into and access via VNC (over SSH). What's the best way to transfer files from the Mac mini to my local machine. I assume there is a way to do this in Terminal but I haven't been able to get it to work.


Connect to your Mac Mini using SFTP with Cyberduck.

Cyberduck SFTP


from your local machine:

scp acct_name@your.macmini:/path/to/file local_file
  • scp++ (I can't just write "scp++" so I had to add this text as filler)
    – macek
    Feb 5 '10 at 22:34

One word: ExpanDrive


scp is easy and great for quick copies. If you're looking for bigger copying jobs to synchronize directories or multiple files, learn about rsync


If you want to do it over the Terminal, you could use the scp command-line utility that transfers files over SSH. If you look at the manpage for scp you will find out examples on how to use it.

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