title: How to Use SFTP to Securely Transfer Files with a Remote Server
How to Use SFTP to Securely Transfer Files with a Remote Server
This article is a quick tutorial on how to use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to exchange files with a server. This is useful for programming, as it allows you to code and test locally, and then send your work to the server when you are done.
If you haven’t already, test that you are able to SSH into the server. SFTP uses the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, so if you are unable to SSH you probably won’t be able to SFTP either.
Start SFTP Session
This uses the same syntax as SSH and opens a session in which you can transfer files.
To list helpful commands:
Transfer files and folders
To download a file:
To download a folder and its contents, use the “-r” flag (also works for uploading):
get -r <foldername>
To upload a file:
To change the local folder:
To change the remote folder:
Once done with file transfer you can exit SFTP prompt using
For more info on SFTP use ‘man sftp’ in linux terminal.