SFTP(1) BSD General Commands Manual SFTP(1)
sftp - secure file transfer program
sftp [-1Cv] [-B buffer_size] [-b batchfile] [-F ssh_config]
[-o ssh_option] [-P sftp_server_path] [-R num_requests] [-S program]
[-s subsystem | sftp_server] host
sftp [[user@]host[:file [file]]]
sftp -b batchfile [user@]host
sftp is an interactive file transfer program, similar to ftp(1), which
performs all operations over an encrypted ssh(1) transport. It may also
use many features of ssh, such as public key authentication and compres-
sion. sftp connects and logs into the specified host, then enters an
interactive command mode.
The second usage format will retrieve files automatically if a non-inter-
active authentication method is used; otherwise it will do so after suc-
cessful interactive authentication.
The third usage format allows the sftp client to start in a remote direc-
The final usage format allows for automated sessions using the -b option.
In such cases, it is usually necessary to configure public key authenti-
cation to obviate the need to enter a password at connection time (see
sshd(8) and ssh-keygen(1) for details). The options are as follows:
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