How to download file from digital ocean droplet ?

Posted March 4, 2018 21.9k views

i want to download file from my digital ocean droplet to my local server

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one method you can use is scp

scp username@droplet_ip:/path/to/file /path/to/destination

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  • from where should i execute this cmd

    • You can execute this command from either the destination, source, or even a different machine.

      From destination:
      scp username@droplet_ip:/path/to/file /path/to/destination

      From source:
      scp /path/to/file username@destination_host:/path/to/destination

      From elsewhere:
      scp username@source_ip:/path/to/file username@destination:/path/to/destination

      • I just get the following error

        zsh: no matches found: username@source-ip:/path/to/file/trying/move

        This is what i used from a Macbook (the destination):
        scp username@source-ip:/path/to/file /path/to/destination

        I am sure that file path is correct, running rsync from my destination to droplet works fine, its the other way round where i cant get it to work

  • @jasonjpeters i want to download my .py file from ubuntu VPS to my local computer server,plz tell from where should i execute the command & what would be path to file?

    • As I do not know what OS you are using I cannot tell you what to do specifically.

      If you are using Linux you can use the noted commands above adjusting them to suit your setup.


      You can install a program like Cyberduck (Windows/Mac) and connect to your server via FTP/SFTP and download the file using this application.

I have this message
$ scp root@server:/var/www/ /home/destination/
The authenticity of host ‘server (server)’ can’t be established
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:xxxxxxxxx.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?