Definition of rcp in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is RCP (in computer networking)?

A simple TCP/IP utility for copying files to or from remote hosts. Rcp uses Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) to ensure reliable delivery of data between the client and the host.

Rcp can be scripted in a batch file and does not require a password.

The remote host must be running the rshd service, and the user’s username must be configured in the remote host’s .rhosts file. Rcp is one of the r-commands available on all UNIX systems.


Microsoft’s implementation of TCP/IP on Windows NT and Windows 2000 includes rcp client software but not rshd services.