# Scp in terminal to copy something from my laptop to a server

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1. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

Hi I need to copy something from my laptop to a server. I tried using scp filename servername but it didn't work. I asked someone and he said I have to use -P but I don't know how. I tried several ways but all of them give
port 22: Connection refused. What can I do?
Thank you!

2. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

check to see if you can ssh into the device first.
$ssh username@ip-address are you able to successfully ssh into the device? 3. Apr 14, 2016 ### Silviu NEW Yes, I am able to connect, but I need to use ssh -p 4410 username@ip-address. I tried using -P and 4410 in scp command but it still didn't work. 4. Apr 14, 2016 ### Routaran Try the following$ scp -vP 4410 username@ip-addr:/path/to/file .

I added the verbose option, hopefully we see where it's going wrong

5. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

Wait, so in this, where I specify the file I want to send, before or after -vP 4410? (I want to send the file from my computer to username@ip...)

6. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

In that case

7. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

I get this
usage: scp [-12346BCEpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]

[-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program]

[[user@]host1:]file1 ... [[user@]host2:]file2

8. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

can you show me the command you are typing in?

9. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

10. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

You have to specify the port number before the text file.

11. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

You mean 4410? Isn't is already before the text file?

12. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

yes, you didn't have it in your post.

13. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

Sorry I am a bit confused. What do you mean

14. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

The command you are using does not specify a destination port number. As a result, scp is using the default ssh port 22.

Correct command

15. Apr 14, 2016

### Silviu

Oh, sorry I have that I just didn't add show it here. I have the /path/to/destination/folder/ part

16. Apr 14, 2016

### Routaran

That is the correct format and should work. What is the debug output from the command?