Docker Inspect

Docker Docker

As soon as you get familiar with listing Docker containers and starting containers or stopping containers, you’ll probably get curious about learning a little more. Docker has a great command for obtaining low level configuration details about containers: docker inspect.

Docker Inspect features

I find the following to be most useful when using docker inspect to look at one of the running containers:

  • long form container ID and timestamp when it was created
  • current status (really useful even if container is stopped – will show you why)
  • Docker image info
  • Filesystem binds and volume info, mounts
  • environment variables – this is where a lot of usernames/passwords will be found – automation comes at a cost to security
  • command line parameters passed into the container
  • network configuration: IP address and gateway, secondary addresses for IPv4 and IPv6

Docker Inspect output

Here’s a fragment of the docker inspect output for a MariaDB container on one of my hosts:

root@centos:~ # docker inspect c74010b06784
"Id": "c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c",
"Created": "2019-02-04T12:41:34.958272492Z",
"Path": "",
"Args": [
"State": {
"Status": "running",
"Running": true,
"Paused": false,
"Restarting": false,
"OOMKilled": false,
"Dead": false,
"Pid": 21868,
"ExitCode": 0,
"Error": "",
"StartedAt": "2019-02-26T22:30:33.060964954Z",
"FinishedAt": "2019-02-26T21:43:52.895816071Z"
"Image": "sha256:901583bfdf5a129ba68b033c989dab7f10d2a9235c3a2093ad16f9ac979ac9f9",
"ResolvConfPath": "/var/lib/docker/containers/c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c/resolv.conf",
"HostnamePath": "/var/lib/docker/containers/c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c/hostname",
"HostsPath": "/var/lib/docker/containers/c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c/hosts",
"LogPath": "/var/lib/docker/containers/c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c/c74010b06784ee04976239fb6dc08062b6f5f9ea6ce3e67bd2c876365986910c-json.log",
"Name": "/db",
"RestartCount": 0,
"Driver": "devicemapper",
"MountLabel": "",
"ProcessLabel": "",
"AppArmorProfile": "",
"ExecIDs": null,
"HostConfig": {
"Binds": [
"ContainerIDFile": "",
"LogConfig": {
"Type": "json-file",
"Config": {}
"NetworkMode": "confluencenet",
"PortBindings": {},
"RestartPolicy": {
"Name": "no",
"MaximumRetryCount": 0

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