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Accessing the Firewall Filesystem with SCP

Files may be transferred to and from a pfSense® firewall with scp, which is part of the functionality that comes with having ssh access enabled (See Granting Users Access to SSH).

When connecting with an scp client such as from a FreeBSD/Linux command line, with WinSCP, FileZilla, or even a fish URL in Konquerer, the root user must be utilized. The root user has the same password as the admin user but it is not locked into the menu for its shell.

An example: Logged into a FreeBSD machine, I want to get a copy of a file in /tmp:

myuser@somebox:~/$ scp root@192.168.1.1:/tmp/lan-traffic.rrd-4h.png .

Troublshooting

If scp is failing with the error Illegal option -t make sure to use the root account, as mentioned above.