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Show help on the run command

docker help run

Show the history of an image, and count its layers

docker history ubuntu:bionic | nl -ba -v0

Run a docker image in an interactive shell

docker run -i -t node bash
  • -i, --interactive
  • -t, --tty

Get a bash terminal on a running docker container

docker exec -i -t container_name bash

Run a docker image and assign it a hostname, and a docker name

docker run --hostname=somehost1 --name="host1" -ti centos:centos6 bash

The hostname shows up to the OS. The docker name can be used to interact with the container:

docker ps host1

Show a complete vertically oriented list of docker processes

docker ps has no --json flag, but you can work around that with golang style formatting.

docker ps --no-trunc --format='{{ . | json }}' | jq -S .

This trick also works with docker images, which also lacks a --json arg.

Show a table of docker containers sorted by space used in the container (not by the image)

$ docker ps --format="{{.Size}}\t{{.ID}}\t{{.Image}}\t{{.Names}}" | sort -h -k1 | column -t
0B      (virtual  101MB)  2f7ba92f1e66  wan-connection-logger         wan-connection-logger
0B      (virtual  413MB)  21d474032755  gitlab/gitlab-runner          gitlab-runner
2B      (virtual  392MB)  c15b2ad88901  mariadb:10.4-bionic           mariadb
312kB   (virtual  710MB)  ccee541f32c2  jacobalberty/unifi            unifi
1.45MB  (virtual  2.3GB)  a9a60f4c6efc  homeassistant/home-assistant  home-assistant
239MB   (virtual  412MB)  5d9f9cc3b46a  plexinc/pms-docker:plexpass   plex

Run a container with a tcp port map

This maps port 18022 of the host to 22 of the guest.

docker run -ti -p 18022:22 centos bash

Run a container with a shared directory

We are specifying :ro to make this a read-only mount. Default is rw.

docker run -d -v "$HOME/www/:/var/www/html/:ro" php:5.4.35-apache

Show configuration parameters for a container

This shows more things that you can configure, like DNS, DNS search, etc..

docker inspect host1

Show what has changed since a container was started

docker diff <container-id>

View the terminal scrollback of a a container

docker logs <container-id>

List all containers, including ones that have been stopped

This allows you to restart previous instances of a container.

docker ps -a

Start a named container

By default containers don't restart when your system restarts, so you have to start them manually.

docker start ttrss

Stop a named container

docker stop ttrss

Update the restart policy on a running container

docker update --restart=unless-stopped 3a898cb672ad

Get a shell on a running container

docker exec -ti ttrss bash

Delete old containers

Remove -r from xargs on non-GNU systems.

docker ps -a --format="{{.ID}} {{.Status}}" | awk '$2 == "Exited" && $5 ~ /(days|weeks|months)/ {print $1}' | xargs -r docker rm

A more systematic approach is to use Docker Custodian.

Delete old images

This is safe to run as long as valuable containers are running, as it won't delete any images that are attached to running containers.

docker rmi $(docker images | grep '^<none>' | awk '{print $3}')

A more systematic approach is to use Docker Custodian.

Show processes running inside all docker containers

On hosts without cgroup integration, run:

pgrep docker | xargs -n1 pstree

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