My Docker folder in Library/Containers takes up 64gb of space. Is it safe to delete this folder and reinstall Docker?


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Verify it actually is using 64GB. Docker reserves 64GB but it may not be using it.

You can find the VM Image here: ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker/Data/vms/0/data/Docker.raw

Locate it in Finder and open the Info window for it. Observe the size "on disk". You will see something like this:

25,769,803,776 bytes (23.13 GB on disk)

If it says 64,...,...,... bytes (X GB on disk) then the X is the amount actually being used. The other amount isn't being used.

You may delete this file, but you will lose all your Docker data. This is where the Docker data is stored (images, containers, volumes).

If you don't want to do that, you can reduce the size by cleaning out old images/containers/volumes and reducing the allocated size in Docker Desktop Settings > Resources.

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