I'm using Docker for Mac Version 1.12.0-beta21 (build: 11019) on OS X 10.11.6. The container folder in $HOME/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker contains 3.1 GB of space. docker images -a however only shows one image which is 330 MB.

How can I clean up the container folder, so that it only contains the images I'm able to use?


There is an open issue regarding this problem: https://github.com/docker/for-mac/issues/371



docker system prune -a


Remove all unused containers, networks, images (both dangling and unreferenced), and optionally, volumes.

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    Does not work. Gives Total reclaimed space: 0B Still with du -hs ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker I get 16G – JaakL Oct 28 '18 at 9:41
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    This works for me. – Tran Triet Jun 28 '20 at 20:55

Spotify have a useful docker image called docker-gc which will clean up unused images.

As per the Github page for it, you can run it as a container itself:

docker run --rm -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v /etc:/etc spotify/docker-gc

I have that aliased to docker-gc which I run periodically to clean things up.

  • I'm on OS X and not on linux. – ohcibi Aug 16 '16 at 9:23
  • @ohcibi As am I. – Burhan Ali Aug 16 '16 at 13:11
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    Okay I found that: github.com/docker/for-mac/issues/371 – ohcibi Dec 14 '16 at 16:45
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    Do you know what's the difference between this garbage collector and docker system prune -a? – Manu Jan 28 '19 at 14:44
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    @Manu No, I don't. docker system prune didn't exist when I wrote this answer. It was introduced 5 months later. Also I don't use the docker-gc command any more. Looking at the repo though, it looks like the main difference is that you have more control over what gets pruned. – Burhan Ali Jan 28 '19 at 15:23

Check the size with this command below:

du -h -d 1  ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker 

Restart the default settings on top bar to clean.

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Or create a script like this link to don't lose the images.


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