How to run scp in Python?

Sometimes, we want to run scp in Python.

In this article, we’ll look at how to run scp in Python.

How to run scp in Python?

To run scp in Python, we can use paramiko.

To install it, we run

pip install paramiko

Then we use it by writing

import paramiko
from scp import SCPClient

def create_ssh_client(server, port, user, password):
    client = paramiko.SSHClient()
    client.connect(server, port, user, password)
    return client

ssh = create_ssh_client(server, port, user, password)
scp = SCPClient(ssh.get_transport())

to create the create_ssh_client function.

In it, we create a SSHClient object.

Then we load host keys on the system with load_system_host_keys.

We call set_missing_host_key_policy to set the policy to use when connecting to servers without a host key.

Then we call connect to connect to the server with the port and credentials.

Next, we call create_ssh_client create an SSH client.

And then we create a SCPClient with the object returned by ssh.get_transport() to create the SCP client.


To run scp in Python, we can use paramiko.