How to Copy the entire folder contents (including sub-folders and their contents) to another folder using PUTTY? Is there any command for that?

  • Do you want to copy the files to another system, or simply within the same system?
    – Marc B
    May 2, 2011 at 16:06

3 Answers 3



use cp command for this

for example :

cp -r /home/hope/files/* /home/hope/backup


use XCopy

For example:

xcopy c:\temp3 /e

If you have access to a bash shell you can use the following command:

cp -r /home/dir_to_copy . - Copies dir_to_copy and all its contents (sub-directories and files) to the current directory.

cp -r dir_to_copy/* bak_dir - Copies just the contents (sub-directories and files) of dir_to_copy to a backup directory named bak_dir, however dir_to_copy is not copied.

I hope this helps.

  • @gourav I'm assuming that you are using Putty to log in into a Linux box.
    – CRM
    May 2, 2011 at 16:17

What you are looking for is pscp. It can be found on the same website as putty : http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ Have fun!

EDIT : I presume that your trying to get the files from one system to another, hence the use of putty.

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