How can I delete all local Docker images?


I recently started using Docker and never realized that I should use docker-compose down instead of ctrl-c or docker-compose stop to get rid of my experiments. I now have a large number of unneeded docker images locally.

Is there a flag I can run to delete all the local docker images & containers?

Something like docker rmi --all --force –all flag does not exist but I am looking for something with similar idea.

Asked By: Kimmo Hintikka




To delete all containers including its volumes use,

docker rm -vf $(docker ps -aq)

To delete all the images,

docker rmi -f $(docker images -aq)

Remember, you should remove all the containers before removing all the images from which those containers were created.

Windows – Powershell

docker images -a -q | % { docker image rm $_ -f }

Windows – cmd.exe

for /F %i in ('docker images -a -q') do docker rmi -f %i
Answered By: techtabu

Use this to delete everything:

docker system prune -a --volumes

Remove all unused containers, volumes, networks and images

WARNING! This will remove:
    - all stopped containers
    - all networks not used by at least one container
    - all volumes not used by at least one container
    - all images without at least one container associated to them
    - all build cache

Answered By: Robert
docker image prune -a

Remove all unused images, not just dangling ones. Add -f option to

Local docker version: 17.09.0-ce, Git commit: afdb6d4, OS/Arch: darwin/amd64

$ docker image prune -h
Flag shorthand -h has been deprecated, please use --help

Usage:  docker image prune [OPTIONS]

Remove unused images

  -a, --all             Remove all unused images, not just dangling ones
      --filter filter   Provide filter values (e.g. 'until=<timestamp>')
  -f, --force           Do not prompt for confirmation
      --help            Print usage
Answered By: Robert Ranjan

To delete all images:

docker rmi -f $(docker images -a | awk {'print $3'})


docker images -a | awk {‘print $3’}

This command will return all image id’s and then used to delete image using its id.

Answered By: PalFS

Easy and handy commands

To delete all images

docker rmi $(docker images -a)

To delete containers which are in exited state

docker rm $(docker ps -a -f status=exited -q)

To delete containers which are in created state

docker rm $(docker ps -a -f status=created -q)

NOTE: Remove all the containers then remove the images

Answered By: Deep Nirmal

You can try like this:

docker system prune
Answered By: Bablu Ahmed

To delete all images :

docker rmi $(docker images -a -q)

where -a is all, and -q is return only image ids

To remove unused images, and containers :

docker system prune

beware as if you are using docker swarm, and your local machine is joining remote swarm (as manager/worker), your local will be the deployed repo. executing this thus removes the deployed images.

Answered By: mirageglobe

If you need to delete without invoking docker (for example, if docker is broken and does not start, has been removed itself but not its images, etc):

systemctl stop docker  # stop docker if it was running
rm -rf /var/lib/docker

This directly removes ALL docker images/containers/volumes from the filesystem.

Answered By: VasiliNovikov
docker rmi $(docker images -q) --force
Answered By: arencore

Adding to techtabu’s accepted answer, If you’re using docker on windows, you can use the following command

for /F "delims=" %A in ('docker ps -a -q') do docker rm %A

here, the command docker ps -a -q lists all the images and this list is passed to docker rm one by one

see this for more details on how this type of command format works in windows cmd.

Answered By: corvo

Another way with xargs (Unix only)

docker image ls -q | xargs -I {} docker image rm -f {}
Answered By: iamarkadyt

To delete all Docker local Docker images follow 2 steps ::

step 1 : docker images ( list all docker images with ids )

     example :
     REPOSITORY    TAG    IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
     pradip564/my  latest 31e522c6cfe4        3 months ago        915MB

step 2 : docker image rm 31e522c6cfe4 ( IMAGE ID)

      OUTPUT : image deleted
Answered By: Debasis Das

Here is short and quick solution I used

Docker provides a single command that will clean up any resources — images, containers, volumes, and networks — that are dangling (not associated with a container):

docker system prune

To additionally remove any stopped containers and all unused images (not just dangling images), add the -a flag to the command:

docker system prune -a

For more details visit link

Answered By: Suhas_Pote

Here is the command I used and put it in a batch file to remove everything:

echo "Removing containers :" && if [ -n "$(docker container ls -aq)"
]; then docker container stop $(docker container ls -aq); docker
container rm $(docker container ls -aq); fi; echo "Removing images :"
&& if [ -n "$(docker images -aq)" ]; then docker rmi -f $(docker
images -aq); fi; echo "Removing volumes :" && if [ -n "$(docker volume
ls -q)" ]; then docker volume rm $(docker volume ls -q); fi; echo
"Removing networks :" && if [ -n "$(docker network ls | awk ‘{print
$1" "$2}’ | grep -v ‘ID|bridge|host|none’ | awk ‘{print $1}’)" ];
then docker network rm $(docker network ls | awk ‘{print $1" "$2}’ |
grep -v ‘ID|bridge|host|none’ | awk ‘{print $1}’); fi;

Answered By: Raghav
  1. sudo docker images / docker images // list of images with id
  2. sudo docker rm image <image_id> / docker rm image <image_id>
Answered By: ani shaw

There is a bug in Windows where disk space is not reclaimed after removing the images. Rebooting Docker / Windows did not work.

In case you are using Docker Desktop, the following worked for me. Go to Troubleshoot -> Clean / purge data. This can save you a lot of disk space, maybe more than you wanted.

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Please note: this removes everything, so think twice before doing this!

Answered By: Guido

The other answers don’t seem to provide an easy way to delete just the containers with "auto-generated" names. This is my most frequent intent, so I wrote a Powershell script for it:

$containers = (docker container list -a).Split("`n") | % { [regex]::split($_, "s+") | Select -Last 1 }
$containersToRemove = $containers | Where { ([regex]"^[a-z]+_[a-z]+$").IsMatch($_) }

# it's recommended to delete in batches, as too many at once can cause issues
$containersToRemove = $containersToRemove | Select-Object -First 30

foreach ($container in $containersToRemove) {
    # sync/wait-based version (slow)
    # docker container rm $container

    # async/background-process version (fast)
    Start-Process -FilePath docker -ArgumentList "container rm $container" -NoNewWindow

Take caution of course, as this script is just using a regular-expression: ^[a-z]+_[a-z]+$

So only use it if you know that the containers you care about do not use the same format (of lowercase-word, underscore, lowercase-word); or at least only run the first two lines, run echo $containersToRemove, and check the list before actually executing the deletions.

Answered By: Venryx
docker rmi -f $(docker images -q)
Answered By: Kandasamy Murugan

For Linux Ubuntu user, below worked for me. Word of Caution- It will remove all by the way.

For removing containers along with volumes associated with it, use below:

sudo docker rm -vf $(sudo docker ps -a -q)

For Removing images use below:

sudo docker rmi -f $(sudo docker images -a -q)
Answered By: Sajin Pattath

docker image rm -f $(docker image ls -a -q)

Answered By: De Bonheur
docker images -f dangling=true
docker image prune
Answered By: Parvinder Kumar

Check docker containers volume

docker system df

Prune all images and volumes

docker prune --all

Answered By: Shubham Shewdikar

To remove all images without at least one container associated to them

$ docker images prune -a

To get all the names of the images : docker images -a -q and remove all images using this command in the same line.

docker image rmi $(docker images -a -q)

If you have images attached to at least one of the running containers, it is a good idea to stop them first.

To remove images created more than 10 days (240 h ) ago:

$ docker images prune -a --force --filter "until=240h"

You can verify by using the following command:

$  docker images --format 'table {{.Repository}}t{{.Tag}}t{{.ID}}t{{.CreatedAt}}t{{.Size}}'
Answered By: Chiranjeevi Kandel

To remove any stopped containers and all unused images.

docker system prune -a

Answered By: Kamran

Delete only all images then run the following command

docker rmi -f $(docker images -aq) 

Delete unused container, images and volumes then run the following command

docker system prune -a -f 
Answered By: Vineet Kumar

To remove a subset of images

Add a filter, with -f.

docker rmi -f $(docker images -af <YOUR_FILTER_PATTERN> -q)

E.g. if docker images returns:

image3                      latest    3a371a8efe91   12 days ago    987MB
image2                      latest    cca6cd42c697   12 days ago    987MB
image1                      latest    0373470f2972   12 days ago    987MB
image0                      latest    1a99848b511f   13 days ago    987MB
node                        18        5087dac9940a   2 weeks ago     947MB
nginx                       latest    8a5e3e44915c   2 weeks ago     135MB
alpine                      latest    04eeaa5f8c35   6 weeks ago     7.46MB
hello-world                 latest    46331d942d63   11 months ago   9.14kB

-f since=*

docker rmi -f $(docker images -af since=node:18 -q)

will result in:

node                        18        5087dac9940a   2 weeks ago     947MB
nginx                       latest    8a5e3e44915c   2 weeks ago     135MB
alpine                      latest    04eeaa5f8c35   6 weeks ago     7.46MB
hello-world                 latest    46331d942d63   11 months ago   9.14kB

There are a few options including since,before,label or reference(pattern match). The docs.

This might be useful if you have a development loop involving repeated builds, but want to keep the base OS local (e.g. node) to avoid repeated downloads.

Answered By: Lee
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