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How can I copy files to and from my CentOS or Linux VPS?

The easiest way to transfer files to and from your CentOS VPS is using SFTP

This runs over SSH and is available to be used by default with no configuration changes needed on your VPS. 

It will work with your root user or any other user you create.

A free SFTP and FTP client that works well is WinSCP which can be downloaded from WinSCP.NET.

It's easy to use and its configuration will work by default.

Once installed, start WinSCP and enter the hostname or IP address

Enter the FTP login username and password now or later.  Next click Login

You may be prompted to accept the hosts key the first time you connect.  This is expected.

Once connected you can drag and drop files.

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