docker swarm leave

Leave the swarm

Swarm This command works with the Swarm orchestrator.


$ docker swarm leave [OPTIONS]

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


When you run this command on a worker, that worker leaves the swarm.

You can use the --force option on a manager to remove it from the swarm. However, this does not reconfigure the swarm to ensure that there are enough managers to maintain a quorum in the swarm. The safe way to remove a manager from a swarm is to demote it to a worker and then direct it to leave the quorum without using --force. Only use --force in situations where the swarm will no longer be used after the manager leaves, such as in a single-node swarm.

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


Name, shorthand Default Description
--force , -f Force this node to leave the swarm, ignoring warnings


Consider the following swarm, as seen from the manager:

$ docker node ls

7ln70fl22uw2dvjn2ft53m3q5    worker2   Ready   Active
dkp8vy1dq1kxleu9g4u78tlag    worker1   Ready   Active
dvfxp4zseq4s0rih1selh0d20 *  manager1  Ready   Active        Leader

To remove worker2, issue the following command from worker2 itself:

$ docker swarm leave

Node left the default swarm.

The node will still appear in the node list, and marked as down. It no longer affects swarm operation, but a long list of down nodes can clutter the node list. To remove an inactive node from the list, use the node rm command.

Parent command

Command Description
docker swarm Manage Swarm
Command Description
docker swarm ca Display and rotate the root CA
docker swarm init Initialize a swarm
docker swarm join Join a swarm as a node and/or manager
docker swarm join-token Manage join tokens
docker swarm leave Leave the swarm
docker swarm unlock Unlock swarm
docker swarm unlock-key Manage the unlock key
docker swarm update Update the swarm