docker export


Export a container’s filesystem as a tar archive


$ docker export [OPTIONS] CONTAINER

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.

For example uses of this command, refer to the examples section below.


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


Each of these commands has the same result.

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

Parent command

Command Description
docker The base command for the Docker CLI.