Show file transfer progress with rsync in Ubuntu
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Show File Transfer Progress With Rsync Command in Ubuntu

Sagar Sharma
Sagar Sharma

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The rsync command is a blessing for those who manage multiple systems or servers, as it is the most convenient way to send files between networks.

But when you use rsync to transfer large files, having a progress bar can help a lot! And to get the progress bar, you use the --progress option:

rsync --progress [other options] [source] [destination]

So in this guide, I will show you how you can enable the file transfer progress bar for the following cases:

  • Progress bar for individual files
  • Progress bar for the overall file transfer

Show the progress bar for individual files in rsync

While moving the entire directory, you may want to monitor the transfer of each file. And for that purpose, you'd have to use the --progress option:

rsync --progress -avz /home/user/docs/


  • -a(archive): used to preserve timestamps, file permissions, ownership, and other attributes.
  • -v(verbose): shows the info of what is being transferred.
  • -z(compression): it will reduce the file while transferring so you can reduce the time taken to transfer a large file.

Similarly, if you want to use the ssh connection, you'd have to add two more options to the above command:

rsync --progress -avz -e ssh file.txt [email protected]:/path/to/destination/

Here, the -e option is used to specify the file is being transferred over the remote connection.

So let's say I want to transfer the ISO directory to the remote server using ssh, then, I will have to use the following command:

rsync --progress -avz -e ssh ~/ISO [email protected]:~/MyFiles/

And as you can see, it shows the progress for the individual file.

Show the progress bar for individual files in rsync

Show the progress bar for overall file transfer in rsync

So if you want to monitor the overall transfer rather than checking the transfer for individual files, all you have to do is make a slight change in the above command.

To show the progress bar for the overall process, you'd have to use two options --info=progress2 and --info=name0 as shown:

rsync --info=progress2 --info=name0 -avz /home/user/docs/

Similarly, if you want to use ssh, the command would look like this:

rsync --info=progress2 --info=name0 -avz -e ssh file.txt [email protected]:/path/to/destination/

For example, if I want to transfer the entire directory named SSY to my remote server and want the overall file transfer progress, then I will be using the following command:

rsync --info=progress2 --info=name0 -av -e ssh ~/SSY/ [email protected]:~/MyFiles/
Show the progress bar for overall file transfer in rsync

Pretty cool. Isn't it?

Want to learn more about rsync? Here you go

The rsync is one of the most useful commands in Linux so if you are into servers, the rsync offers a lot more than what I explained above.

And if you want to learn how it can be used differently, here is a detailed guide covering how it can be useful in practical life:

15 Practical Examples of rsync Command in Linux
Wondering how to use rsync command? This article lists some of the essential usages of the rsync command in Linux.

I hope you will find this guide helpful. And if you have any suggestions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Sagar Sharma

Sagar Sharma

A software engineer who loves to tinker with hardware till it gets crashed. While reviving my crashed system, you can find me reading literature, manga, or watering my plants.