# Batch file for PuTTY/PSFTP file transfer automation

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I have a batch file for moving file from my local PC to server through SFTP. I have PuTTY installed in my system and the batch file code follows.

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY
psftp
open <IP>
<user>
<PW>
cd /home/irisuser/iris/integration/dls_dlsblr_dlschnn_in_msg/in
lcd d:\
put log.sh
bye


The above code perfectly works when I type it in command prompt. But when I double click the .bat file and run it, it's not running and asking for username and password to be entered. My aim was to automate the whole thing and I need to run it by simply clicking the .bat file. But am not able to achieve it. Any ideas or snippets will help me.

This question is tagged with batch-file cmd sftp putty psftp

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You need to store the psftp script (lines from open to bye) into a separate file and pass that to psftp using -b switch:

cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY"
psftp -b "C:\path\to\script\script.txt"


EDIT: For username+password: As you cannot use psftp commands in a batch file, for the same reason, you cannot specify the username and the password as psftp commands. These are inputs to the open command. While you can specify the username with the open command (open <user>@<IP>), you cannot specify the password this way. This can be done on a psftp command line only. Then it's probably cleaner to do all on the command-line:

cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY"
psftp -b script.txt <user>@<IP> -pw <PW>


And remove the open, <user> and <PW> lines from your script.txt.

What you are doing atm is that you run psftp without any parameter or commands. Once you exit it (like by typing bye), your batch file continues trying to run open command (and others), what Windows shell obviously does not understand.

If you really want to keep everything in one file (the batch file), you can write commands to psftp standard input, like:

(
echo cd ...
echo lcd ...
echo put log.sh
) | psftp -b script.txt <user>@<IP> -pw <PW>


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set DSKTOPDIR="D:\test"

>%DSKTOPDIR%\script.ftp ECHO cd %PAY_REP%
>>%DSKTOPDIR%\script.ftp ECHO mget *.report
>>%DSKTOPDIR%\script.ftp ECHO bye

:: run PSFTP Commands