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Netcat for sending files

Jesse Storimer recently shared as part of his informative emails “Working With Code” how to easily send files over the local network using the command line.

The Receiver should enter

nc -l 5566 > large_file.sql

where 5566 is an arbitrary open port, and large_file.sql is the name of the file (this could be different than the sender’s file name). This command will then block until it receives all the file.

The Sender should then enter

nc <receiver-ip-address> 5566 < big_file.sql

Where 5566 is the same port as the receiver and big_file.sql is the file to send. Make sure to get the < direction correct! This will block until the file is sent.


Source: Sharing files like a hacker