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SFTP vs SCP | Difference between SFTP and SCP

• This page compares SFTP vs SCP and mentions difference between SFTP and SCP.
• Both SFTP and SCP use TCP port number 22.
• Both protocols run on SSH and hence both of them are par as far as security is concerned.
• Both of them support large file transfer as they do not have any limit on the file size.


Specifications SFTP SCP
Full Form Secure File Transfer Protocol Secure Channel Protocol
Function SFTP protocol performs functions such as file access, file transfer and file management. SCP protocol is used for transfer of data along with protection against interception.
operations It is file transfer protocol and uses SSH. It performs directory listing and file removal tasks Can not perform operations such as listing of remote directories or removing of files, it is used to transfer files only.
Speed of file transfer slower as SFTP has to ack each of the packet. faster
Resumption of interrupted file transfer supported by SFTP command line client not supported

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