docker save

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Save one or more images to a tar archive (streamed to STDOUT by default)


docker save [OPTIONS] IMAGE [IMAGE...]


Name, shorthandDefaultDescription
--output , -oWrite to a file, instead of STDOUT

Parent command

dockerThe base command for the Docker CLI.

Extended description

Produces a tarred repository to the standard output stream. Contains all parent layers, and all tags + versions, or specified repo:tag, for each argument provided.


Create a backup that can then be used with docker load.

$ docker save busybox > busybox.tar

$ ls -sh busybox.tar

2.7M busybox.tar

$ docker save --output busybox.tar busybox

$ ls -sh busybox.tar

2.7M busybox.tar

$ docker save -o fedora-all.tar fedora

$ docker save -o fedora-latest.tar fedora:latest

Cherry-pick particular tags

You can even cherry-pick particular tags of an image repository.

$ docker save -o ubuntu.tar ubuntu:lucid ubuntu:saucy