Remove Docker Container Based On Regex

Remove Docker Container Based On Regex

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This simple one-liner will take a regular expression (regex) and remove any Docker containers matching the pattern based on the name field. You can change the name match to be any other field accepted by the –filter switch.

Run the following docker ps command and substitute NAMEHERE* with the pattern you’d like to match. Careful, this command will delete any containers it finds.

docker ps --filter name=NAMEHERE* -aq | xargs docker stop | xargs docker rm

You can also filter on various other keys, such as status and volume using exactly the same method. Just replace the –filter element with the key from the below table, and the expression you want to match. 

idContainer’s ID
nameContainer’s name
labelAn arbitrary string representing either a key or a key-value pair. Expressed as <key> or <key>=<value>
exitedAn integer representing the container’s exit code. Only useful with --all.
statusOne of createdrestartingrunningremovingpausedexited, or dead
ancestorFilters containers which share a given image as an ancestor. Expressed as <image-name>[:<tag>],<image id>, or <[email protected]>
before or sinceFilters containers created before or after a given container ID or name
volumeFilters running containers which have mounted a given volume or bind mount.
networkFilters running containers connected to a given network.
publish or exposeFilters containers which publish or expose a given port. Expressed as <port>[/<proto>] or <startport-endport>/[<proto>]
healthFilters containers based on their healthcheck status. One of startinghealthyunhealthy or none.
isolationWindows daemon only. One of defaultprocess, or hyperv.
is-taskFilters containers that are a “task” for a service. Boolean option (true or false)

See Docker PS Filter Options.

You can also filter for multiple conditions by passing the –filter switch multiple times. For example, name=webserver and status=running would look like this:

docker ps --filter name=webserver --filter status=running -aq | xargs docker stop | xargs docker rm


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Unlike recent versions of Maria DB, MySQL does not currently support the command EXECUTE IMMEDIATE.

Essentially EXECUTE IMMEDIATE is shorthand for perparing a statement, executing a statement and then finally deallocating the prepaired statement.

To get round this limitation in MySQL you can create a stored procedure that wraps up the commands required to execute a statement into a procedure so that you can call it as a one-liner.

CREATE PROCEDURE execute_immediate(IN query MEDIUMTEXT)
	SET @q = query;
	PREPARE stmt FROM @q;
	EXECUTE stmt;

You can then call the procedure as a one-liner like this:

CALL execute_immediate('QUERY GOES HERE');

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