I have never done this before and I am creating a bash shell script to do this for me. I will also be connecting via ssh to do some things (which I already know how to do). So maybe there is a way to upload files via ssh so I can do it all in one connection?

How can I do this?


cd ./files-to-upload
#upload the files
  • That does not answer this question, but maybe this could help some people: curl.io permits you to upload a file through bash to a public http hosting (valid for few hours i think) Nov 19 '15 at 13:58

You can use scp to copy to a remote machine.

scp <file to upload> <username>@<hostname>:<destination path>
  • can the password be passed with this as well? Also, does this initialize an ssh session? Can I run other commands as well?
    – Andrew
    Dec 12 '09 at 21:39
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    No you cannot pass the password. But you can set up ssh key authentication. That means you do not authenticate via a password but via a key that is stored in a file and automatically transmitted on connection. And no again, you cannot execute other commands with this.
    – Felix
    Dec 12 '09 at 22:33
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    ssh and scp are different commands. For an introduction see ssh.com/support/documentation/online/ssh/adminguide/32/…
    – tangens
    Dec 13 '09 at 11:22
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    @Felix should have pointed out that if you don't have the ssh key authentication set up, you will be prompted for a password. That means, having the that setup is not a critical requirement to use this command
    – aexl
    Mar 29 '16 at 12:17
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    WORKS! scp ~/Desktop/image.jpg root@server.com:/var/tmp
    – YumYumYum
    Dec 13 '17 at 7:33

You're probably looking for SCP or similar.


cd ./files-to-upload
scp * user@host:/path/to/upload/files/to

of course this must be tweaked to your liking.Replace user@host with your real information. You will be prompted for a password to upload.


If you really must use ssh (instead of scp) you can do:

for filename in *; do
  cat $filename | ssh user@host "cd /path/to/upload/files/to; cat - > $filename"

but regular scp (like tangens suggestion) is the best.

  • Im using an FTp connection, could you please tell how to transfer or copy files from local to remote, im using filezilla or winscp... i need to extract a zip or copy from local to remote
    – Sushivam
    Sep 26 '16 at 6:12

For ec2 instance, you have to pass the .pem file also,

$scp -i ~/Desktop/amazon.pem ~/Desktop/file.zip  ubuntu@ec2-54-166-128-20.compute-1.amazonaws.com:~/data/

scp is the better answer since it would be encrypted over SSH.

However, if you do want to do it over standard ftp, look at ncftpput. It's designed specificly to upload a file:

NAME ncftpput - Internet file transfer program for scripts

SYNOPSIS ncftpput [options] remote-host remote-directory local-files...


curl is a good program that handles several protocols.


When you use the scp (secure copy) command it connects to the client and if you don’t already have a fingerprint saved for the host device it will ask you for the host password otherwise it should auto connect to the host I believe.

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