How to Transfer Files Between Two Computers using nc and pv Commands

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11 Responses

  1. David says:

    Any idea how to put netcat to background via nohup ? I was trying to achieve this but without sucess.

  2. Daniel PC says:

    From man pages:

    -l Used to specify that nc should listen for an incoming connection rather than initiate a connection to a remote host. It is an error
    to use this option in conjunction with the -p, -s, or -z options. Additionally, any timeouts specified with the -w option are

    In fact, trying nc command with -l -p, it respond with an error.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I always use -l switch with nc command to initiate a connection to remote host but I never received any error, could you please share the error that you received so that I can have better solution to this..

  3. David in Munich says:


    why is this any better than scp?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      As I stated it’s not recommended over public network as the data transfer is insecure, it’s best suits for internal network only and there isn’t any good feature other than transfer speed..

  4. Kamran says:

    Great tutorial. One question though, what if I don’t want to compress. I would use cat filename at sending machine. what will I put on recieving end?

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