## Copying a Directory with SCP

The Unix command scp (which stands for "secure copy protocol") is a simple tool for uploading or downloading files (or directories) to/from a remote machine. The transfer is done on top of SSH, which is how it maintains its familure options (like for specifying identities and credentials) and ensures a secure connection. It's really helpful to be able to move around files between any machine that supports SSH.

Even if you don't already know how to use the command, scp should be a bit more familiar to you thanks to its similarity to ssh. The biggest differences come with specifying file/directory paths. In this short article we'll be dealing with directories specifically.