Docker rm

Docker rm

docker rm removes containers by their name or ID.

When you have Docker containers running, you first need to stop them before deleting them.

  • Stop all running containers: docker stop $(docker ps -a -q)
  • Delete all stopped containers: docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)

Remove multiple containers

You can stop and delete multiple containers by passing the commands a list of the containers you want to remove. The shell syntax $() returns the results of whatever is executed within the brackets. So you can create your list of containers within this to be passed to the stop and rm commands.

Here is a breakdown of docker ps -a -q
  • docker ps list containers
  • -a the option to list all containers, even stopped ones. Without this, it defaults to only listing running containers
  • -q the quiet option to provide only container numeric IDs, rather than a whole table of information about containers

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