Docker Tutorial Series, Part 8: Docker Remote API

By admin
June 26, 2014

Docker Remote API

In the last post, as part of our on-going Docker Tutorial Series, we discussed Docker Hub and Docker Registry API. In today’s post, let’s delve into Docker Remote API.

Docker Remote API

Docker Remote API is a REST API that replaces the remote command line interface — rcli. For the purpose of this tutorial, we have used cURL which is a command line tool that handles url manipulations. It helps make requests, get and send data, and retrieve information.

List docker containers – Get the Docker container list using the following command:

GET /containers/json

list docker containers


Create a new container – A new container can be created using:

POST /containers/create

create docker container

Inspect Container- The command used to return low-level information about a container with the id is:

GET /containers/(id)/json

inspect docker container

Process List – To obtain the list of processes running inside a container, use:

GET /containers/(id)/top

list docker containers

Container Logs – Collect stdout and stderr logs from the container using:

GET /containers/(id)/logs

docker container logs

Export Container – Use the following command to export the contents of the container:

GET /containers/(id)/export

docker remote api

Start a container – Use Docker command:

POST /containers/(id)/start

docker commands

Stop a container – Use Docker command:

POST /containers/(id)/stop

docker commands

Restart a Container – Use Docker command:

POST /containers/(id)/restart

docker commands

Kill a container – Use Docker command:

POST /containers/(id)/kill



Now that we’ve taken you on the next leg of this Docker API journey, watch out for the continuation of this post to learn about Docker Remote API commands for Images. It’s all part of our on-going Docker Tutorial Series that you can find here every Thursday.

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Other Tutorials in this series:

Part 1: An Introduction

Part 2: The 15 Commands

Part 3: Automation is the word using DockerFile

Part 4: Registry & Workflows

Part 5: Docker Security

Part 6: The Next 15 Commands

Part 7: Ultimate Guide for Docker APIs

Part 9: 10 Docker Remote API Commands for Images

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