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Top 20+ Docker Commands – Docker Commands Tutorial

Last updated on Feb 29,2024 301.1K Views

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In my previous blogs, I have covered What is Docker, and how you can use it. Today, in this blog, I will talk about the Top 15 Docker Commands that you will be using frequently while you are working with Docker. The trend of Docker container has been growing uncontainably with organizations actively looking for professionals possessing Docker Certification Training and a sound knowledge of these Docker commands will give you the needed expertise.

Following are the commands which are being covered:

So, let’s get started:

Docker Commands

1. docker –version

This command is used to get the currently installed version of docker

Docker_Version - Docker Commands - Edureka


2. docker pull

Usage: docker pull <image name>

This command is used to pull images from the docker repository(

Docker_Pull - Docker Commands - Edureka

3. docker run

Usage: docker run -it -d <image name>

This command is used to create a container from an image

docker_run - Docker Commands - Edureka

4. docker ps

This command is used to list the running containers

docker_ps - Docker Commands - Edureka

5. docker ps -a

This command is used to show all the running and exited containers

docker_psa - Docker Commands - Edureka

6. docker exec

Usage: docker exec -it <container id> bash

This command is used to access the running container

docker_exec - Docker Commands - Edureka

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7. docker stop

Usage: docker stop <container id>

This command stops a running container

docker_stop - Docker Commands - Edureka

8. docker kill

Usage: docker kill <container id>

This command kills the container by stopping its execution immediately. The difference between ‘docker kill’ and ‘docker stop’ is that ‘docker stop’ gives the container time to shutdown gracefully, in situations when it is taking too much time for getting the container to stop, one can opt to kill it

docker_kill - Docker Commands - Edureka

9. docker commit

Usage: docker commit <conatainer id> <username/imagename>

This command creates a new image of an edited container on the local system

docker_commit - Docker Commands - Edureka

10. docker login

This command is used to login to the docker hub repository

docker_login - Docker Commands - Edureka

11. docker push

Usage: docker push <username/image name>

This command is used to push an image to the docker hub repository

docker_push - Docker Commands - Edureka

12. docker images

This command lists all the locally stored docker images

docker_images - Docker Commands - Edureka

13. docker rm

Usage: docker rm <container id>

This command is used to delete a stopped container

docker_rm - Docker Commands - Edureka

14. docker rmi

Usage: docker rmi <image-id>

This command is used to delete an image from local storage

docker_rmi - Docker Commands - Edureka

15. docker build

Usage: docker build <path to docker file>

This command is used to build an image from a specified docker file

docker_build - Docker Commands - Edureka

 Docker copy

Usage: COPY <source_file> <destination_directory>

This command copies files or directories from the host machine’s file system to the container’s file system during Docker image construction.

  1. Docker history

Usage: docker history <image_name>

Using this command, you may examine the evolution of a Docker image or its constituent parts.

  1. Docker Logout 

Usage: docker logout [REGISTRY_URL]

This command is used to log out or remove the credentials used to authenticate with a Docker registry. 

  1. Docker logs

Usage: docker logout [REGISTRY_URL]

This command is used to log out of a Docker registry or to delete the credentials used to login with it. 

  1. Docker network

Usage: docker network create <network_name>

This command manages Docker networks. Docker networks enable containers to connect securely and isolatedly with one another and with external network resources.

  1. Docker restart

Usage: docker restart [OPTIONS] CONTAINER [CONTAINER…]

This command is used to restart one or more Docker containers that are currently operating. Restarting a container entails gently pausing it and then restarting it with the same configuration and parameters. 

  1. Docker search

Usage: docker search [OPTIONS] TERM

This command searches for Docker images on Docker Hub, a public registry for Docker images.

  1. Docker volume

Usage: docker volume create my_volume

This command creates a new Docker volume named “my_volume” in the Docker container. Volumes in Docker are generated independently of containers.

Want to learn more about docker commands? Here is a Docker Tutorial to get you started. Alternatively, you can take a top down approach and start with this Devops Tutorial.

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1 Comment
  • Johnny Schmittou says:

    I’m a docker newbie. This article was very useful. Thanks!

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