Get the Complete Sha256 Container ID for Docker Run Command

We you run a docker image using the docker run command you may not get the complete Sha256 of the Container ID of the container just created by default.

There are multiple ways in which you can get the Container ID, let's try to cover most of them,

  1. Using the Docker inspect Command
  2. $ docker run -it alpine
    # exit
    $ docker ps -a
    CONTAINER ID   IMAGE     COMMAND     CREATED              STATUS                            PORTS     NAMES
    ac7e6a0e8c66   alpine    "/bin/sh"   About a minute ago   Exited (0) About a minute ago               silly_bartik
    $ docker inspect ac7e6a0e8c66 | grep Image 
            "Image": "sha256:a6215f271958c760a2975a6765016044115dbae4b90f414eba3a448a6a26b4f6",
                "Image": "alpine", | 
    Get Sha256 Container ID using Inspect Command

  3. Using the --no-trunc Option with docker ps -a
  4. Simply add the option --no-trunc along with the docker ps command to get a non-truncated output, which will print out full sha256 value for the containers,

    % docker ps --no-trunc -a
    CONTAINER ID                                                       IMAGE     COMMAND     CREATED          STATUS                        PORTS     NAMES
    53b2401f00cf5043c9020eb02277dfd0347a2b0283641cae72a80b4c7ee2d880   alpine    "/bin/sh"   6 minutes ago    Exited (0) 6 minutes ago                lucid_payne
    8b47cb64a8e271c1956b828cce37f332e4c6071136bf33dc0971e872c089755a   alpine    "/bin/sh"   11 minutes ago   Exited (0) 11 minutes ago               keen_brown
    Docker no-trunc option with ps command

  5. Using the --cidfile Option
  6. If you pass in --cidfile option and pass a filename, you can write the Sha256 Container ID to a file on your host.

    % docker run -it --cidfile ~/Desktop/containerId.txt alpine 
    / # exit
      % cat ~/Desktop/containerId.txt 
    Write Container ID to a file using cidfile Docker Run Option

  7. When running the Image in Detached Mode
  8. When you run a Docker Image in detached mode (--detach -d options) the container ID will be printed on the console.

    % docker run -d alpine  
    Get Sha256 Docker Container ID with detach option
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