How To Remove Docker Images, Containers, and Volumes

To remove Docker images, containers, and volumes, you can use various Docker CLI commands. Here's how you can remove each of these Docker components:

  1. Removing Docker Images:

    To remove a Docker image, you need to know the image ID or its repository and tag. You can list all images using the docker images command:

                        docker images

    Once you've identified the image you want to remove, you can use the docker rmi command followed by the image ID or repository:tag:

                        docker rmi <image_id>


                        docker rmi <repository>:<tag>

    For example:

                        docker rmi ubuntu:latest

    To remove all unused images, you can use the following command:

                        docker image prune

  2. Removing Docker Containers:

    To remove a Docker container, you first need to know the container ID or its name. You can list all running and stopped containers using the docker ps -a command:

                        docker ps -a

    Once you've identified the container you want to remove, you can use the docker rm command followed by the container ID or name:

                        docker rm <container_id>


                        docker rm <container_name>

    For example:

                        docker rm my_container

    To remove all stopped containers, you can use the following command:

                        docker container prune

  3. Removing Docker Volumes:

    To remove a Docker volume, you need to know the volume name or ID. You can list all volumes using the docker volume ls command:

                        docker volume ls

    Once you've identified the volume you want to remove, you can use the docker volume rm command followed by the volume name or ID:

                        docker volume rm <volume_name>

    For example:

                        docker volume rm my_volume

    To remove all unused volumes, you can use the following command:

                        docker volume prune

Always exercise caution when removing Docker components, especially images and volumes, as they may contain important data. Ensure that you are removing the correct components before executing the commands.

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