docker compose down

Stop and remove containers, networks


$ docker compose down [OPTIONS]

Refer to the options section for an overview of available OPTIONS for this command.


Stops containers and removes containers, networks, volumes, and images created by up.

By default, the only things removed are:

  • Containers for services defined in the Compose file
  • Networks defined in the networks section of the Compose file
  • The default network, if one is used

Networks and volumes defined as external are never removed.

Anonymous volumes are not removed by default. However, as they don’t have a stable name, they will not be automatically mounted by a subsequent up. For data that needs to persist between updates, use explicit paths as bind mounts or named volumes.


Name, shorthand Default Description
--remove-orphans Remove containers for services not defined in the Compose file.
--rmi Remove images used by services. “local” remove only images that don’t have a custom tag (“local”|”all”)
--timeout , -t 10 Specify a shutdown timeout in seconds
--volumes , -v Remove named volumes declared in the volumes section of the Compose file and anonymous volumes attached to containers.
--dry-run Execute command in dry run mode

Parent command

Command Description
docker compose Docker Compose
Command Description
docker compose build Build or rebuild services
docker compose config Parse, resolve and render compose file in canonical format
docker compose cp Copy files/folders between a service container and the local filesystem
docker compose create Creates containers for a service.
docker compose down Stop and remove containers, networks
docker compose events Receive real time events from containers.
docker compose exec Execute a command in a running container.
docker compose images List images used by the created containers
docker compose kill Force stop service containers.
docker compose logs View output from containers
docker compose ls List running compose projects
docker compose pause Pause services
docker compose port Print the public port for a port binding.
docker compose ps List containers
docker compose pull Pull service images
docker compose push Push service images
docker compose restart Restart service containers
docker compose rm Removes stopped service containers
docker compose run Run a one-off command on a service.
docker compose start Start services
docker compose stop Stop services
docker compose top Display the running processes
docker compose unpause Unpause services
docker compose up Create and start containers
docker compose version Show the Docker Compose version information