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How to Transfer Files Using PuTTY

PuTTY is the CIT-recommended application for secure file transfer using SCP between Windows clients and Windows or Unix servers.

PuTTY is available from PuTTY.org.

Install PuTTY and Set up a Server Connection

PuTTY is the recommended SCP client for Windows client and Unix server file transfers at Cornell. PuTTY is available from PuTTY.org.

  1. Download the pscp.exe file from PuTTy.org. Click the file name and save it to your computer.
    If you want a PuTTY shell program, download and install putty.exe as well.

You are now connected to the server and can begin transferring files.

Transfer Files Using PuTTY

  1. Open a Windows command line window. On the Start menu, click Run.

    filewindowsstart
  2. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.

    filewindowscmd
  3. At the Windows command prompt, enter:
    pscp source_file_name userid@server_name:/path/destination_file_name.

    For example:
    c:\>pscp june06extract wrhse@warehouse.cit.cornell.edu:/mydata/june06extract.

  4. When prompted, enter your password for the server.

Note: Complete documentation for PuTTY is on the PuTTY.org site.