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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 will be sent SIGKILL, or any signal specified with option --signal.


--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. If you use methods other than Podman to run containers such as CRI-O, the last started container could be from either of those methods. (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 ⟨⟩