docker-compose pull

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Usage: pull [options] [SERVICE...]

Options:
    --ignore-pull-failures  Pull what it can and ignores images with pull failures.
    --parallel              Pull multiple images in parallel.

Pulls an image associated with a service defined in a docker-compose.yml or docker-stack.yml file, but does not start containers based on those images.

For example, suppose you have this docker-compose.yml file from the Quickstart: Compose and Rails sample.

version: '2'
services:
  db:
    image: postgres
  web:
    build: .
    command: bundle exec rails s -p 3000 -b '0.0.0.0'
    volumes:
      - .:/myapp
    ports:
      - "3000:3000"
    depends_on:
      - db

If you run docker-compose pull ServiceName in the same directory as the docker-compose.yml file that defines the service, Docker will pull the postgres image. For example, to call the postgres image configured as the db service in our example, you would run docker-compose pull db.

$ docker-compose pull db
Pulling db (postgres:latest)...
latest: Pulling from library/postgres
cd0a524342ef: Pull complete
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40cd26695b38: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:fd6c0e2a9d053bebb294bb13765b3e01be7817bf77b01d58c2377ff27a4a46dc
Status: Downloaded newer image for postgres:latest
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