How to copy, move files to and from Vagrant machine using scp

March 16, 2018

Sometime back when I required to move some files to and from my virtual machine managed by Vagrant, I found that normal SSH/SCP did not work. After searching the internet for sometime I found few solutions, non of which worked like a charm. After trying few things here and there I found a foolproof way to scp files in and out of vagrant machine.

For scp , you will need to run the usual scp command but you will need to pass in an extra argument -P which is the SSH the port to connect to on the remote host.

scp -P 2222 -r [email protected]:/home/vagrant/site . <path-in-host-machine>

By default the virtual machine spun up by vagrant will use 2222 as SSH port but to find the port value you can run following command

vagrant ssh-config

Hope this helps :-)