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


podman-start - Start one or more containers


podman start [options] container ...

podman container start [options] container ...


Start one or more containers. You may use container IDs or names as input. The attach and interactive options cannot be used to override the --tty and --interactive options from when the container was created. If you attempt to start a running container with the --attach option, podman will simply attach to the container.



Start all the containers created by Podman, default is only running containers.

--attach, -a

Attach container's STDOUT and STDERR. The default is false. This option cannot be used when starting multiple containers.


Specify the key sequence for detaching a container. Format is a single character [a-Z] or one or more ctrl-<value> characters where <value> is one of: a-z, @, ^, [, , or _. Specifying "" will disable this feature. The default is ctrl-p,ctrl-q.

This option can also be set in containers.conf(5) file.

--filter, -f

Filter what containers are going to be started from the given arguments. Multiple filters can be given with multiple uses of the --filter flag. Filters with the same key work inclusive with the only exception being label which is exclusive. Filters with different keys always work exclusive.

Valid filters are listed below:

Filter Description
id [ID] Container's ID (accepts regex)
name [Name] Container's name (accepts regex)
label [Key] or [Key=Value] Label assigned to a container
exited [Int] Container's exit code
status [Status] Container's status: 'created', 'exited', 'paused', 'running', 'unknown'
ancestor [ImageName] Image or descendant used to create container
before [ID] or [Name] Containers created before this container
since [ID] or [Name] Containers created since this container
volume [VolumeName] or [MountpointDestination] Volume mounted in container
health [Status] healthy or unhealthy
pod [Pod] name or full or partial ID of pod
network [Network] name or full ID of network

--interactive, -i

When set to true, keep stdin open even if not attached. The default is false.

--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)


Proxy received signals to the container process (non-TTY mode only). SIGCHLD, SIGSTOP, and SIGKILL are not proxied.

The default is true when attaching, false otherwise.


podman start mywebserver

podman start 860a4b231279 5421ab43b45

podman start --interactive --attach 860a4b231279

podman start -i -l




November 2018, Originally compiled by Brent Baude ⟨⟩