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podman-kill(1) General Commands Manual podman-kill(1)


podman-kill - Kill the main process in one or more containers


podman kill [options] [container ...]

podman container kill [options] [container ...]


The main process inside each container specified is sent SIGKILL or any signal specified with the --signal option.


--all, -a

Signal all running and paused containers.


Read container ID from the specified file and kill the container. Can be specified multiple times.

--latest, -l

Instead of providing the container name or ID, use the last created container. Note: the last started container can be from other users of Podman on the host machine. (This option is not available with the remote Podman client, including Mac and Windows (excluding WSL2) machines)

--signal, -s=signal

Signal to send to the container. For more information on Linux signals, refer to signal(7). The default is SIGKILL.


Kill container with a given name

podman kill mywebserver

Kill container with a given ID

podman kill 860a4b23

Terminate container by sending TERM signal

podman kill --signal TERM 860a4b23

Kill the latest container created by Podman

podman kill --latest

Terminate all containers by sending KILL signal

podman kill --signal KILL -a

Kill container using ID specified in a given files

podman kill --cidfile /home/user/cidfile-1
podman kill --cidfile /home/user/cidfile-1 --cidfile ./cidfile-2


podman(1), podman-stop(1)


September 2017, Originally compiled by Brent Baude ⟨⟩