docker image history

Show the history of an image

Usage

docker image history [OPTIONS] IMAGE

Aliases

The following commands are equivalent and redirect here:

  • docker image history
  • docker history

Description

Show the history of an image

Options

OptionDefaultDescription
--formatFormat output using a custom template:
'table': Print output in table format with column headers (default)
'table TEMPLATE': Print output in table format using the given Go template
'json': Print in JSON format
'TEMPLATE': Print output using the given Go template.
Refer to https://docs.docker.com/go/formatting/ for more information about formatting output with templates
-H, --humantruePrint sizes and dates in human readable format
--no-truncDon't truncate output
-q, --quietOnly show image IDs

Examples

To see how the docker:latest image was built:

$ docker history docker

IMAGE               CREATED             CREATED BY                                      SIZE                COMMENT
3e23a5875458        8 days ago          /bin/sh -c #(nop) ENV LC_ALL=C.UTF-8            0 B
8578938dd170        8 days ago          /bin/sh -c dpkg-reconfigure locales &&    loc   1.245 MB
be51b77efb42        8 days ago          /bin/sh -c apt-get update && apt-get install    338.3 MB
4b137612be55        6 weeks ago         /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD jessie.tar.xz in /        121 MB
750d58736b4b        6 weeks ago         /bin/sh -c #(nop) MAINTAINER Tianon Gravi <ad   0 B
511136ea3c5a        9 months ago                                                        0 B                 Imported from -

To see how the docker:apache image was added to a container's base image:

$ docker history docker:scm
IMAGE               CREATED             CREATED BY                                      SIZE                COMMENT
2ac9d1098bf1        3 months ago        /bin/bash                                       241.4 MB            Added Apache to Fedora base image
88b42ffd1f7c        5 months ago        /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:1fd8d7f9f6557cafc7   373.7 MB
c69cab00d6ef        5 months ago        /bin/sh -c #(nop) MAINTAINER Lokesh Mandvekar   0 B
511136ea3c5a        19 months ago                                                       0 B                 Imported from -

Format the output (--format)

The formatting option (--format) will pretty-prints history output using a Go template.

Valid placeholders for the Go template are listed below:

PlaceholderDescription
.IDImage ID
.CreatedSinceElapsed time since the image was created if --human=true, otherwise timestamp of when image was created
.CreatedAtTimestamp of when image was created
.CreatedByCommand that was used to create the image
.SizeImage disk size
.CommentComment for image

When using the --format option, the history command either outputs the data exactly as the template declares or, when using the table directive, includes column headers as well.

The following example uses a template without headers and outputs the ID and CreatedSince entries separated by a colon (:) for the busybox image:

$ docker history --format "{{.ID}}: {{.CreatedSince}}" busybox

f6e427c148a7: 4 weeks ago
<missing>: 4 weeks ago