Dockerdocker inspect getting various fields for key:value and elements of list

various docker inspect examples

I find that the examples in the docker inspect documentation seem magic, but do not explain much.

Docker inspect is important because it is the clean way to extract information from a running container docker inspect -f ... container_id

(or all running container)

docker inspect -f ... $(docker ps -q)

avoiding some unreliable

docker command | grep or awk | tr or cut

When you launch a docker inspect you can get the values from the "top-level" easily, with a basic syntax like, for a container running htop (from with a pid ae1

docker inspect -f '{{.Created}}' ae1

can show



docker inspect -f '{{.Path}}' ae1

can show


Now if I extract a part of my docker inspect

I see

"State": { "Status": "running", "Running": true, "Paused": false, "Restarting": false, "OOMKilled": false, "Dead": false, "Pid": 4525, "ExitCode": 0, "Error": "", "StartedAt": "2016-07-14T17:44:14.406286293Z", "FinishedAt": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z" So I get a dictionary, as it has { ...} and a lot of key:values

So the command

docker inspect -f '{{.State}}' ae1

will return a list, such as

{running true false false false false 4525 0 2016-07-14T17:44:14.406286293Z 0001-01-01T00:00:00Z}

I can get the value of State.Pid easily

docker inspect -f '{{ .State.Pid }}' ae1

I get


Sometimes docker inspect gives a list as it begins with [ and ends with ]

another example, with another container

docker inspect -f ‘{{ .Config.Env }}’ 7a7


[DISPLAY=:0 PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8 LANGUAGE=fr_FR:en LC_ALL=fr_FR.UTF-8 DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive HOME=/home/gg WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/gg/.wine_captvty]

In order to get the first element of the list, we add index before the required field and 0 (as first element) after, so

docker inspect -f ‘{{ index ( .Config.Env) 0 }}’ 7a7



We get the next element with 1 instead of 0 using the same syntax

docker inspect -f ‘{{ index ( .Config.Env) 1 }}’ 7a7



We can get the number of elements of this list

docker inspect -f ‘{{ len .Config.Env }}’ 7a7



and we can get the last element of the list, the syntax is not easy

docker inspect -f “{{ index .Config.Cmd $[$(docker inspect –format ‘{{ len .Config.Cmd }}’ $CID)-1]}}” 7a7