Docker Operations

The commands written below are examples, all options, --<option> or -<o>, are optional.

  • Build

    docker build </path/to/context/folder> -t <my-docker-image>:<tag-version>
  • Start a container from an image

    docker run -dp <host_port>:<container_port> <my-docker-image>:<tag-version> -n <container-name>


    • -d: Run in detached mode. You won’t be presented with the container stdout in the terminal.
    • -n: If not specified, Docker will randomly generate one.
  • Remote into a running container

    docker exec -it <host_port>:<container_port> <my-docker-image>:<tag-version> --tty --stdin -- /bin/bash


    • For some minimal containers, the entrypoint should be /bin/sh
    • --it: Run in interactive mode
  • List

    • Images
      docker image ls
    • Containers
      docker container ls
  • Stop

    docker stop <container-name>
  • Delete

    • Images
      docker rm image-tag:tag-version # e.g. nginx:latest
    • Containers
      docker rm container-name
    • Prune
      docker prune -a
      Note: -a option will prune images not being used by a container (stopped also qualifies). By default, it deletes images that are not tagged.