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docker-events - Get real time events from the server


docker events [--help] [-f|--filter[=[]]] [--since[=SINCE]] [--until[=UNTIL]] [--format[=FORMAT]]


Get event information from the Docker daemon. Information can include historical information and real-time information.

Docker containers will report the following events:

attach, commit, copy, create, destroy, detach, die, exec_create, exec_detach, exec_start, export, kill, oom, pause, rename, resize, restart, start, stop, top, unpause, update

Docker images report the following events:

delete, import, load, pull, push, save, tag, untag

Docker volumes report the following events:

create, mount, unmount, destroy

Docker networks report the following events:

create, connect, disconnect, destroy


--help Print usage statement

-f, --filter=[] Filter output based on these conditions

  • container (container=<name or id>)
  • event (event=<event action>)
  • image (image=<tag or id>)
  • plugin (experimental) (plugin=<name or id>)
  • label (label=<key> or label=<key>=<value>)
  • type (type=<container or image or volume or network or daemon>)
  • volume (volume=<name or id>)
  • network (network=<name or id>)
  • daemon (daemon=<name or id>)

--since="" Show all events created since timestamp

--until="" Stream events until this timestamp

--format="" Format the output using the given Go template

The --since and --until parameters can be Unix timestamps, date formatted timestamps, or Go duration strings (e.g. 10m, 1h30m) computed relative to the client machine's time. If you do not provide the --since option, the command returns only new and/or live events. Supported formats for date formatted time stamps include RFC3339Nano, RFC3339, 2006-01-02T15:04:05, 2006-01-02T15:04:05.999999999, 2006-01-02Z07:00, and 2006-01-02. The local timezone on the client will be used if you do not provide either a Z or a +-00:00 timezone offset at the end of the timestamp. When providing Unix timestamps enter seconds[.nanoseconds], where seconds is the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970 (midnight UTC/GMT), not counting leap seconds (aka Unix epoch or Unix time), and the optional .nanoseconds field is a fraction of a second no more than nine digits long.


Listening for Docker events

After running docker events a container 786d698004576 is started and stopped (The container name has been shortened in the output below):

# docker events
2015-01-28T20:21:31.000000000-08:00 59211849bc10: (from whenry/testimage:latest) start
2015-01-28T20:21:31.000000000-08:00 59211849bc10: (from whenry/testimage:latest) die
2015-01-28T20:21:32.000000000-08:00 59211849bc10: (from whenry/testimage:latest) stop

Listening for events since a given date

Again the output container IDs have been shortened for the purposes of this document:

# docker events --since '2015-01-28'
2015-01-28T20:25:38.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) create
2015-01-28T20:25:38.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) start
2015-01-28T20:25:39.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) create
2015-01-28T20:25:39.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) start
2015-01-28T20:25:40.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) die
2015-01-28T20:25:42.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) stop
2015-01-28T20:25:45.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) start
2015-01-28T20:25:45.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) die
2015-01-28T20:25:46.000000000-08:00 c21f6c22ba27: (from whenry/testimage:latest) stop

The following example outputs all events that were generated in the last 3 minutes, relative to the current time on the client machine:

# docker events --since '3m'
2015-05-12T11:51:30.999999999Z07:00  4386fb97867d: (from ubuntu-1:14.04) die
2015-05-12T15:52:12.999999999Z07:00  4386fb97867d: (from ubuntu-1:14.04) stop
2015-05-12T15:53:45.999999999Z07:00  7805c1d35632: (from redis:2.8) die
2015-05-12T15:54:03.999999999Z07:00  7805c1d35632: (from redis:2.8) stop

If you do not provide the --since option, the command returns only new and/or live events.


If a format (--format) is specified, the given template will be executed instead of the default format. Go's text/template package describes all the details of the format.

# docker events --filter 'type=container' --format 'Type={{.Type}}  Status={{.Status}}  ID={{.ID}}'
Type=container  Status=create  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26
Type=container  Status=attach  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26
Type=container  Status=start  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26
Type=container  Status=resize  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26
Type=container  Status=die  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26
Type=container  Status=destroy  ID=2ee349dac409e97974ce8d01b70d250b85e0ba8189299c126a87812311951e26

If a format is set to {{json .}}, the events are streamed as valid JSON Lines. For information about JSON Lines, please refer to http://jsonlines.org/ .

# docker events --format '{{json .}}'


$ docker events --filter 'event=stop'
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container stop 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)
2014-09-03T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container stop 7805c1d35632 (image=redis:2.8)

$ docker events --filter 'image=ubuntu-1:14.04'
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container start 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container die 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container stop 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)

$ docker events --filter 'container=7805c1d35632'
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container die 7805c1d35632 (image=redis:2.8)
2014-09-03T15:49:29.999999999Z07:00 container stop 7805c1d35632 (image= redis:2.8)

$ docker events --filter 'container=7805c1d35632' --filter 'container=4386fb97867d'
2014-09-03T15:49:29.999999999Z07:00 container die 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container stop 4386fb97867d (image=ubuntu-1:14.04)
2014-05-10T17:42:14.999999999Z07:00 container die 7805c1d35632 (image=redis:2.8)
2014-09-03T15:49:29.999999999Z07:00 container stop 7805c1d35632 (image=redis:2.8)

$ docker events --filter 'container=7805c1d35632' --filter 'event=stop'
2014-09-03T15:49:29.999999999Z07:00 container stop 7805c1d35632 (image=redis:2.8)

$ docker events --filter 'type=volume'
2015-12-23T21:05:28.136212689Z volume create test-event-volume-local (driver=local)
2015-12-23T21:05:28.383462717Z volume mount test-event-volume-local (read/write=true, container=562fe10671e9273da25eed36cdce26159085ac7ee6707105fd534866340a5025, destination=/foo, driver=local, propagation=rprivate)
2015-12-23T21:05:28.650314265Z volume unmount test-event-volume-local (container=562fe10671e9273da25eed36cdce26159085ac7ee6707105fd534866340a5025, driver=local)
2015-12-23T21:05:28.716218405Z volume destroy test-event-volume-local (driver=local)

$ docker events --filter 'type=network'
2015-12-23T21:38:24.705709133Z network create 8b111217944ba0ba844a65b13efcd57dc494932ee2527577758f939315ba2c5b (name=test-event-network-local, type=bridge)
2015-12-23T21:38:25.119625123Z network connect 8b111217944ba0ba844a65b13efcd57dc494932ee2527577758f939315ba2c5b (name=test-event-network-local, container=b4be644031a3d90b400f88ab3d4bdf4dc23adb250e696b6328b85441abe2c54e, type=bridge)

$ docker events --filter 'type=plugin' (experimental)
2016-07-25T17:30:14.825557616Z plugin pull ec7b87f2ce84330fe076e666f17dfc049d2d7ae0b8190763de94e1f2d105993f (name=tiborvass/sample-volume-plugin:latest)
2016-07-25T17:30:14.888127370Z plugin enable ec7b87f2ce84330fe076e666f17dfc049d2d7ae0b8190763de94e1f2d105993f (name=tiborvass/sample-volume-plugin:latest)


April 2014, Originally compiled by William Henry (whenry at redhat dot com) based on docker.com source material and internal work. June 2014, updated by Sven Dowideit SvenDowideit@home.org.au June 2015, updated by Brian Goff cpuguy83@gmail.com October 2015, updated by Mike Brown mikebrow@gmail.com