When you are trying to remove a Docker Image, you get an error as shown below.
# docker rmi d123f4e55e12 Error response from daemon: conflict: unable to delete d123f4e55e12 (cannot be forced) - image is being used by running container 0f1262bd1285
For this error to occur, there must be a container on the system that is dependent on the image. The error reports which container is using the image, remove the container before removing the image.
1. You have several Docker images pulled from the docker hub on to your Docker node. And you want to delete the centos image from the docker node.
# docker images REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE fedora latest 422dc563ca32 3 days ago 252MB ubuntu latest dd6f76d9cc90 13 days ago 122MB hello-world latest 725dcfab7d63 2 weeks ago 1.84kB centos latest d123f4e55e12 2 weeks ago 197MB
2. To find which container is using the centos Image, use the below command.
# docker ps -a CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES 0f1262bd1285 centos "/bin/bash" 5 minutes ago Up 5 minutes dreamy_gates
As you can see in the output above, the Docker container “dreamy_gates” is using our centos image.
3. First we need to stop the container “dreamy_gates”. To do so use the command below:
# docker stop 0f1262bd1285 0f1262bd1285
4. Now you can delete the Docker container.
# docker rm 0f1262bd1285 0f1262bd1285
5. And finally, you can delete the docker image for centos.
# docker rmi d123f4e55e12 Untagged: centos:latest Untagged: centos@sha256:4565fe2dd7f4770e825d4bd9c761a81b26e49cc9e3c9631c58cfc3188be9505a Deleted: sha256:d123f4e55e1200156d9cbcf4421ff6d818576e4f1e29320a408c72f022cfd0b1 Deleted: sha256:cf516324493c00941ac20020801553e87ed24c564fb3f269409ad138945948d4
6. Verify that the image is deleted using the command “docker images”.
# docker images