Python pysftp get_r from Linux works fine on Linux but not on Windows

Indeed, pysftp get_r does not work on Windows. It uses os.sep and os.path functions for remote SFTP paths, what is wrong, as SFTP paths always use a forward slash.

But you can easily implement a portable replacement.

import os
from stat import S_ISDIR, S_ISREG
def get_r_portable(sftp, remotedir, localdir, preserve_mtime=False):
    for entry in sftp.listdir_attr(remotedir):
        remotepath = remotedir + "/" + entry.filename
        localpath = os.path.join(localdir, entry.filename)
        mode = entry.st_mode
        if S_ISDIR(mode):
            except OSError:     
            get_r_portable(sftp, remotepath, localpath, preserve_mtime)
        elif S_ISREG(mode):
            sftp.get(remotepath, localpath, preserve_mtime=preserve_mtime)

Use it like:

get_r_portable(sftp, '/abc/def/ghi/klm/mno', 'C:\\pqr', preserve_mtime=False) 

Note that the above code can be easily modified to work with Paramiko directly, in case you do not want to use pysftp. The Paramiko SFTPClient class also has the listdir_attr and get methods. The only difference is that the Paramiko’s get does not have the preserve_mtime parameter/functionality (but it can be implemented easily, if you need it).

And you should use Paramiko instead of pysftp, as pysftp seems to be a dead project. See pysftp vs. Paramiko.

Possible modifications of the code:

For a similar question about put_r, see:
Python pysftp put_r does not work on Windows

Side note: Do not “disable host key checking”. You are losing a protection against MITM attacks.

For a correct solution, see Verify host key with pysftp.

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