docker kill

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Kill one or more running containers




Name, shorthand Default Description
--signal , -s KILL Signal to send to the container

Parent command

Command Description
docker The base command for the Docker CLI.

Extended description

The main process inside the container will be sent SIGKILL, or any signal specified with option --signal.

Note: ENTRYPOINT and CMD in the shell form run as a subcommand of /bin/sh -c, which does not pass signals. This means that the executable is not the container’s PID 1 and does not receive Unix signals.