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Copying Files To and From a Cisco Router with SCP/SSH

By February 8, 2017September 16th, 2020Best Practices, Blog, Cisco
Cisco Router

Typically I am having to upload files a Cisco device across the Internet.  Doing so, I found TFTP or evening having a TFTP server problematic.  An easier solution is to have any standard SSH server (Linux, Unix) and copy the files to and from the server.

To upload files to the server, I use WINSCP ( ).  This allows me to upload the file to my server very easily.  All I have to do is connect up (username/password) to my server IP address.  The interface is intuitive.

To download the file to the Cisco device I use the command:

copy scp://<User>:<Password>@<Server-IP>/<File-name> flash0://<File-Name>

<User>: JDOE

<Password>: Something-Annoying!


<File-name>: c2900-universalk9-mz.SPA.153-3.M8a.bin

Now the command with the actual information in.

copy scp://JDOE: Something-Annoying!@ flash0:// c2900-universalk9-mz.SPA.153-3.M8a.bin

Now the file starts coming down with no need to do anything more.

Jason Howe, PEI

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