docker diff

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Description

Inspect changes to files or directories on a container’s filesystem

Usage

docker diff CONTAINER

Parent command

CommandDescription
dockerThe base command for the Docker CLI.

Extended description

List the changed files and directories in a container᾿s filesystem since the container was created. Three different types of change are tracked:

SymbolDescription
AA file or directory was added
DA file or directory was deleted
CA file or directory was changed

You can use the full or shortened container ID or the container name set using docker run --name option.

Examples

Inspect the changes to an nginx container:

$ docker diff 1fdfd1f54c1b

C /dev
C /dev/console
C /dev/core
C /dev/stdout
C /dev/fd
C /dev/ptmx
C /dev/stderr
C /dev/stdin
C /run
A /run/nginx.pid
C /var/lib/nginx/tmp
A /var/lib/nginx/tmp/client_body
A /var/lib/nginx/tmp/fastcgi
A /var/lib/nginx/tmp/proxy
A /var/lib/nginx/tmp/scgi
A /var/lib/nginx/tmp/uwsgi
C /var/log/nginx
A /var/log/nginx/access.log
A /var/log/nginx/error.log