How can I allow incoming scp connections on my Mac (OS X 10.6.4) from other machines on the same network?

Every time I’m trying to scp something on the machine I get a Connection refused error.

Later edit:

The command used is this:

scp path/to/local.file user@remote.machine:

And the reply is this:

ssh: connect to remothe.machine port 22: Connection refused
lost connection
  • can you post the format of the statement you are using to make this connection? – MaQleod Sep 20 '10 at 8:08
  • @MaQleod: see my edit – Alex Sep 20 '10 at 8:16
  • It sounds as if you need to enable SSH/SCP. – MaQleod Sep 20 '10 at 8:30

System Preferences pane → Sharing applet → check the Remote Login checkbox. This will enable SSH, and in turn, SCP.


In the settings there is the option to activate SSH. I think it’s under SharingRemote Login.


You might have to open a port. My router's address is, it's default name is admin and password is, I think, password. Yours might be the same. Check the bottom of your router. Default port is 22.

  • While a closed port on a firewall will cause connection issues, it will cause a time out and not a refused connection. A refused connection is a specific error caused by the TCP handshake being shutdown due to no listening service. In other words, an RST is sent in response to the client's SYN. – MaQleod Nov 21 '16 at 21:00

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