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Docker Cheat Sheet

Rommel Porras
August 10th, 2019 · 1 min read

A concise cheat sheet for everyday Docker commands.


  • Ubuntu Docker installation
  • Docker for Mac
  • Docker Desktop for Windows

Docker Lifecycle

docker createcreates a container but does not start it.
docker imagesList all images that are locally stored with the Docker Engine
docker runcreates and starts a container in one operation.
docker rmdeletes a container.
docker updateupdates a container’s resource limits.

Docker Ship Commands

docker loginLog in to a Docker Hub registry.
docker pull **rommelporras/laravel-php:7.3**Pull an image from a registry.
docker tag laravel-php:7.3 **rommelporras/laravel-php:7.3**Retag a local image with a new image name and tag.
docker push **yourrepository/laravel-php:7.3**Push an image to a registry

Docker Build Commands

docker build -t **laravel-php:7.3**Build an image from the Dockerfile in the current directory and tag the image
docker imagesList all images that are locally stored with the Docker engine
docker rmi **laravel-php:7.3**Delete an image from the local image store

Docker Run Commands

docker run -d -p 3000:80 laravel-php:7.3“-d” To run the container in the background process. “-p 3000:80” expose port 3000 externally and map to port 80. “laravel-php:7.3” container name
docker stop **laravel-php:7.3**Stop a running container through SIGTERM
docker kill **laravel-php:7.3**Stop a running container through SIGKILL
docker rm -f $(docker ps -aq)Delete all running and stopped containers
docker psList the running containers
docker ps –aTo see all the running and stopped containers
docker exec -it **web** **bash**Create a new bash process inside the container and connectit to the terminal
docker logs --tail 100 webPrint the last 100 lines of a container’s logs
docker eventsGet Events

Docker Repository and Registry Commands

docker loginlogin to a registry.
docker logoutlogout from a registry.
docker searchsearches registry for image.
docker pullpulls an image from registry to local machine.
docker pushpushes an image to the registry from local machine.

Docker Commands Basic Structure:

  • Image — A snapshot file of a container. Create containers by pulling and running Docker Images.
  • Docker Hub / Registry* — A public cloud-based registry service for developers to share their code on.
  • [options] — Add options to your Docker commands to change the results. Each command has multiple options available.
  • [command] — Enter the parameters for the Docker command, this could be a filename or container ID.
  • [arg] — Set additional argument variables.
  • [env] — Use to configure environment variables.
  • [init] — Initialize a swarm (by default, Docker will designate chosen machine as manager node).
  • [ca] — Show root Certificate Authority (auto-generated by init command).
  • [join] — Join a swarm as a worker/manager node.
  • [join-token] — Manage join tokens—define worker or manager accordingly.
  • [leave] — When implemented on a worker, the command prompts the node to leave the swarm.
  • [–force] — When implemented on a manager, the command forces the node to leave the swarm.
  • [tag] — The tag parameter is often part of the image name, but as your swarm develops you can adjust the tag without changing the base image name.
  • [unlock] — Unlock swarm manager with a user-own unlock key.
  • [unlock-key] — Manage the unlock key, useful to unlock a manager node.
  • [update] — Update the swarm.

Starting & Stopping Containers

Starting: docker start nginx

Stopping: docker stop nginx

Restarting: docker restart nginx

Pausing: docker pause nginx

Unpausing: docker unpause nginx

Blocking a Container: docker wait nginx

Sending a SIGKILL: docker kill nginx

Connecting to an Existing Container: docker attach nginx

Getting Information about Containers

Running Containers: docker ps / docker ps -a

Container Logs: docker logs infinite

Inspecting Containers: docker inspect infinite / docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' $(docker ps -q)

Containers Events: docker events infinite

Public Ports: docker port infinite

Running Processes: docker top infinite

Container Resource Usage: docker stats infinite

Inspecting changes to files or directories on a container’s filesystem: docker diff infinite

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