docker node rm

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Remove one or more nodes from the swarm

Swarm This command works with the Swarm orchestrator.


$ docker node rm [OPTIONS] NODE [NODE...]

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


Removes the specified nodes from a swarm.


This is a cluster management command, and must be executed on a swarm manager node. To learn about managers and workers, refer to the Swarm mode section in the documentation.

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


Name, shorthand Default Description
--force , -f Force remove a node from the swarm


Remove a stopped node from the swarm

$ docker node rm swarm-node-02

Node swarm-node-02 removed from swarm

Attempt to remove a running node from a swarm

Removes the specified nodes from the swarm, but only if the nodes are in the down state. If you attempt to remove an active node you will receive an error:

$ docker node rm swarm-node-03

Error response from daemon: rpc error: code = 9 desc = node swarm-node-03 is not
down and can't be removed

Forcibly remove an inaccessible node from a swarm

If you lose access to a worker node or need to shut it down because it has been compromised or is not behaving as expected, you can use the --force option. This may cause transient errors or interruptions, depending on the type of task being run on the node.

$ docker node rm --force swarm-node-03

Node swarm-node-03 removed from swarm

A manager node must be demoted to a worker node (using docker node demote) before you can remove it from the swarm.

Parent command

Command Description
docker node Manage Swarm nodes
Command Description
docker node demote Demote one or more nodes from manager in the swarm
docker node inspect Display detailed information on one or more nodes
docker node ls List nodes in the swarm
docker node promote Promote one or more nodes to manager in the swarm
docker node ps List tasks running on one or more nodes, defaults to current node
docker node rm Remove one or more nodes from the swarm
docker node update Update a node