docker export

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

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.

Description

Export a container’s filesystem as a tar archive

Usage

docker export [OPTIONS] CONTAINER

Options

Name, shorthand Default Description
--output, -o   Write to a file, instead of STDOUT

Parent command

Command Description
docker The base command for the Docker CLI.

Extended description

The 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 the container, 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.

Examples

ch of these commands has the same result.

$ docker export red_panda > latest.tar
$ docker export --output="latest.tar" red_panda