I'm trying to upload a file to a list of servers, and everything says to use -h to read the list but it's not working.

This is on windows with the latest available pscp package, and -h is not an option in the help. Is this not possible on windows?

I made a file called servers.txt with the ips and port in it


<> pscp -h PuTTY Secure Copy client

Development snapshot 2019-02-14.8555064

Usage: pscp [options] [user@]host:source target pscp [options] source [source...] [user@]host:target pscp [options] -ls [user@]host:filespec


-V print version information and exit

-pgpfp print PGP key fingerprints and exit

-p preserve file attributes

-q quiet, don't show statistics

-r copy directories recursively

-v show verbose messages

-load sessname Load settings from saved session

-P port connect to specified port

-l user connect with specified username

-pw passw login with specified password

-1 -2 force use of particular SSH protocol version

-4 -6 force use of IPv4 or IPv6

-C enable compression

-i key private key file for user authentication

-noagent disable use of Pageant

-agent enable use of Pageant

-hostkey aa:bb:cc:... manually specify a host key (may be repeated)

-batch disable all interactive prompts

-proxycmd command use 'command' as local proxy

-unsafe allow server-side wildcards (DANGEROUS)

-sftp force use of SFTP protocol

-scp force use of SCP protocol

-sshlog file

-sshrawlog file log protocol details to a file


Are you confusing the pscp you get from Parallel SSH (pssh) with the pscp command you get as part of Putty? They are completely different selections of tools. While the command named 'pscp' exists in both they function very differently.

The putty pscp does not support the feature you are looking for.

If you need to do something from Windows fire up powershell and use a command like this perhaps.

Get-Content dests.txt | ForEach-Object {
  pscp.exe source $_

Another option would be to install your favorite Distro under the Windows Subsystem for Linux, and then install the pssh package and use the pscp from there, if you really want that 'parallel ssh pscp' functionality.

  • Thanks, i probably am confusing them which is why i wanted to clearly indicate which i was using. Appreciate the links too – Edwrd T Justice Feb 17 at 18:41

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