How to Rsync with non-standard SSH Port

How to Rsync with non-standard SSH Port

Run the following command from the terminal to sync files/folders using Rsync with non-standard ssh port.

# rsync -arvz -e 'ssh -p <port-number>' --progress --delete user@remote-server:/path/to/remote/folder /path/to/local/folder

For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using two systems.

Remote System Details:

IP Address:
User name: anthony
Sync folder: /backup1

Local System Details:

Operating System: Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop
IP Address:
Sync folder: /home/sk/backup2

Let us sync the contents of remote server’s /backup1 folder to my local system’s folder /home/sk/backup2/.

$ sudo rsync -arvz -e 'ssh -p 1431' --progress --delete anthony@ /home/sk/backup2
Sample Output
anthony@'s password: 
receiving incremental file list
        752,876 100%   13.30MB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#1, to-chk=2/4)
      9,676,510 100%   12.50MB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#2, to-chk=1/4)
     56,563,302 100%   11.26MB/s    0:00:04 (xfr#3, to-chk=0/4)

sent 85 bytes  received 66,979,455 bytes  7,050,477.89 bytes/sec
total size is 66,992,688  speedup is 1.00.

Let us check the contents of /backup1/ folder in the remote server.

$ sudo ls -l /backup1/
Sample Output
total 65428
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  9676510 Dec  9 13:44 linux-headers-4.3.0-040300_4.3.0-040300.201511020949_all.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   752876 Dec  9 13:44 linux-headers-4.3.0-040300-generic_4.3.0-040300.201511020949_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 56563302 Dec  9 13:44 linux-image-4.3.0-040300-generic_4.3.0-040300.201511020949_amd64.deb

Now, let us check the contents of /backup2/ folder of local system.

$ ls /home/sk/backup2/
Sample Output

As you see in the above output, the contents of /backup1/ have been successfully copied to my local system’s /home/sk/backup2/ directory.

Verify /backup1/ folder contents:

$ ls /home/sk/backup2/backup1/
Sample Output

See, both remote and local system’s folders have same files.


Syncing files/folders using Rsync with SSH is not only easy, but also fast and secure method. If you’re behind a firewall that restricts port 22, no worries. Just change the default port and sync files like a pro.