For copying files between different hosts from console, scp is your first choice, since it uses commonly used ssh1 protocol, that will be available on (almost) any machine.
The structure is like this:
scp [-1246BCpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file] [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program] [
[user@]host1:]file1 … [ [user@]host2:]file2
Short example: if you want to copy some file from current host to a remote host your command will be like this:
scp -p /home/user/yourfile.tgz user:pass@remotehost:/home/someuser/your_directory/
where -p = preserve file properties (modification time, modes, etc.)
if want to copy all files and subdirectories in a folder for example you will need to add -r , which stands for recursive copy
scp -rp /home/user/somedirecory/* user:pass@remotehost:/home/someuser/your_directory/
I will not describe all the parameters here, for a complete description you can read the man page here: http://linux.die.net/man/1/scp
Usually ssh is listening on port 22, and if your hosts ( source or destination) are listening on the standard port, you do not need to specify it, but if any of the hosts is configured to listen on some other port ( usually for increased security reasons ), then you must specify it with -P ( notice that is capital P, since p is reserved for “preserve properties” from rcp command )
scp -P 2222 -r user:pass@remotehost:portnumber/home/someuser/source_directory/* /home/user/
, or as an alternative you may specify the port at the end of the url, separeted by : , like you would do on ftp login
scp -p /home/user/yourfile.tgz user:pass@remotehost:portnumber/home/someuser/your_directory/
Hope this is useful for those searching for a quick remote copy solution.