Remove one or more containers
$ docker rm [OPTIONS] CONTAINER [CONTAINER...]
For example uses of this command, refer to the examples section below.
||Force the removal of a running container (uses SIGKILL)|
||Remove the specified link|
||Remove anonymous volumes associated with the container|
Remove a container
This removes the container referenced under the link
$ docker rm /redis /redis
Remove a link specified with
--link on the default bridge network (--link)
This removes the underlying link between
/webapp and the
containers on the default bridge network, removing all network communication
between the two containers. This does not apply when
--link is used with
$ docker rm --link /webapp/redis /webapp/redis
Force-remove a running container (--force)
This command force-removes a running container.
$ docker rm --force redis redis
The main process inside the container referenced under the link
redis will receive
SIGKILL, then the container will be removed.
Remove all stopped containers
docker container prune command to remove all
stopped containers, or refer to the
docker system prune
command to remove unused containers in addition to other Docker resources, such
as (unused) images and networks.
Alternatively, you can use the
docker ps with the
--quiet option to
generate a list of container IDs to remove, and use that list as argument for
docker rm command.
Combining commands can be more flexible, but is less portable as it depends on features provided by the shell, and the exact syntax may differ depending on what shell is used. To use this approach on Windows, consider using PowerShell or Bash.
The example below uses
docker ps -q to print the IDs of all containers that
have exited (
--filter status=exited), and removes those containers with
docker rm command:
$ docker rm $(docker ps --filter status=exited -q)
Or, using the
xargs Linux utility;
$ docker ps --filter status=exited -q | xargs docker rm
Remove a container and its volumes (-v, --volumes)
$ docker rm --volumes redis redis
This command removes the container and any volumes associated with it. Note that if a volume was specified with a name, it will not be removed.
Remove a container and selectively remove volumes
$ docker create -v awesome:/foo -v /bar --name hello redis hello $ docker rm -v hello
In this example, the volume for
/foo remains intact, but the volume for
/bar is removed. The same behavior holds for volumes inherited with