I am using PSCP to upload some files from Windows to Linux. I can do it fine just uploading one file at a time. But I have some very large directories and I want to upload an entire directory at once.

I have tried:

pscp -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\* [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/*

Throws error: "pscp: remote filespec /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/*: not a directory"


pscp -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\ [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/

Throws error: "scp: includes: not a regular file"


pscp -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes

Throws error: "scp: includes: not a regular file"


4 Answers 4


Two problems: First, the * does not go on the destination side. Second, -r is for copying an entire directory and subdirectories.

pscp -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\* [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/

Will copy all of the files in the local includes\ directory to the .../includes/ directory on the server.

pscp -r -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\ [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/

Will copy the includes\ directory itself, including all files and subdirectories, to the .../ROOT/ directory on the server (where the contents of the local directory would merge with any existing .../ROOT/includes/ directory.



You don't need to use -i for this. It's for private key file authentication. Just use -r to copy the source files recursively.

You might want a drag and drop method since you're using Windows. You can - for example - use WINSCP client.


If you want to copy a directory and its contents you don't need to provide a file specification for the destination. Just use the directory name, for example.

pscp  -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\* [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/

If you want to copy the directory and everything below it then you can use -r:

pscp -r -i C:\sitedeploy\abt-keypair.ppk includes\ [email protected]:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/includes/

If you want to copy the folder itself with everything under it, you must use a command as below:

pscp -r -i C:\PrivateKeys\MyPrivateKey.ppk C:\FOLDER1 <username>@<server_id>:/home/<username>/

But notice there is no slash at the end of folder path "C:\FOLDER"; if you use it with an ending slash like "C:\FOLDER1\" it doesn't copy the folder itself, but only copies everything under the folder.

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