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Edge only: This is the CLI reference for Docker CE Edge versions. Some of these options may not be available to Docker CE stable or Docker EE. You can view the stable version of this CLI reference or learn about Docker CE Edge.
Export a container’s filesystem as a tar archive
docker export [OPTIONS] CONTAINER
||Write to a file, instead of STDOUT|
|docker||The base command for the Docker CLI.|
docker export command does not export the contents of volumes associated
with the container. If a volume is mounted on top of an existing directory in
docker export will export the contents of the underlying
directory, not the contents of the volume.
Refer to Backup, restore, or migrate data volumes in the user guide for examples on exporting data in a volume.
Each of these commands has the same result.
$ docker export red_panda > latest.tar
$ docker export --output="latest.tar" red_panda