Using Docker is pretty common meanwhile and a very good idea for development. Using many versions of your favourite language without messing up your host system, different types of deployments (e.g. web servers) or just testing production environment without operational support. The only drawback is that normally you don’t have a clue what’s going on behind the scenes. If you run out of disk space for the first time, you’re exactly at that point.

To apply first aid, you will be advised to use some curious cli hacks to clean up your system. Breaking fingers between grep, sed and awk works out well but is not very helpful – Especially if you want to remember what you did 3 months before 😉

Since Docker Api version 1.25 you have a couple of high level cli commands available doing exactly this job:

Minimal Cheat Sheet:

$ # Claimed disk space
$ docker system df
TYPE            TOTAL       ACTIVE      SIZE          RECLAIMABLE
Images          59          5           10.74GB       9.038GB (84%)
Containers      6           1           991kB         991kB (99%)
Local Volumes   216         1           5.876GB       5.876GB (100%)
Build Cache     0           0           0B            0B

$ # Cleanup disk space
$ docker system prune
WARNING! This will remove:
        - all stopped containers
        - all networks not used by at least one container
        - all dangling images
        - all dangling build cache
Are you sure you want to continue? [y/N] Y
Deleted Containers:
02401e1555e8e752d36198d982b5e4114d0999c7cca34a2353e8dc332faa4db5
997eac76d4a46515797027103967c61b46219ff8c70f6e0bb39bc2b975297fa5
23983ed8abaa60198b497e4b3788bb6de7d39d03f171f43e4ee865c0df318ab8
65bb90b9e7edcd2d13da3129664f8b74a72b011d56136cb28c687f1f8dd8e473
5218788bff77cc0c0cc03f79888ea61c3e27bf3ef0003e41fc231b8b6ecdcdc2

Deleted Images:
deleted: sha256:dccdc3cf7d581b80665bad309b66ba36d88219829e1ade951912dc122b657bfc
[...]

There is also an equivalent for images only:

$ docker image prune

You should definitely take a deeper look into the CLI commands. There are a lot of things that helps you to solve your every day problems!

Marius Hein
Marius Hein
Head of ITSM

Marius Hein ist schon seit 2003 bei NETWAYS. Er hat hier seine Ausbildung zum Fachinformatiker absolviert, dann als Application Developer gearbeitet und ist nun Leiter der Softwareentwicklung. Ausserdem ist er Mitglied im Icinga Team und verantwortet dort das Icinga Web.