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docker-container-rm - Remove one or more containers


docker container rm [OPTIONS] CONTAINER [CONTAINER...]


docker container rm will remove one or more containers from the host node. The container name or ID can be used. This does not remove images. You cannot remove a running container unless you use the -f option. To see all containers on a host use the docker container ls -a command.


Removing a container using its ID

To remove a container using its ID, find either from a docker ps -a command, or use the ID returned from the docker run command, or retrieve it from a file used to store it using the docker run --cidfile:

docker container rm abebf7571666

Removing a container using the container name

The name of the container can be found using the docker ps -a command. The use that name as follows:

docker container rm hopeful_morse

Removing a container and all associated volumes

$ docker container rm -v redis

This command will remove the container and any volumes associated with it. Note that if a volume was specified with a name, it will not be removed.

$ docker create -v awesome:/foo -v /bar --name hello redis
$ docker container rm -v hello

In this example, the volume for /foo will remain in tact, but the volume for /bar will be removed. The same behavior holds for volumes inherited with --volumes-from.


-f, --force[=false] Force the removal of a running container (uses SIGKILL)

-h, --help[=false] help for rm

-l, --link[=false] Remove the specified link

-v, --volumes[=false] Remove anonymous volumes associated with the container



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