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Dry is a terminal application to manage Docker and Docker Swarm.

It shows information about Containers, Images and Networks, and, if running a Swarm cluster, it shows information about Nodes, Service, Stacks and the rest of Swarm constructs. It can be used with both local or remote Docker daemons.

Besides showing information, it can be used to manage Docker. Most of the commands that the official Docker CLI provides, are available in dry with the same behaviour. A list of available commands and their keybindings can be found in dry's help screen or in this README.

Lastly, it can also be used as a monitoring tool for Docker containers.

Dry is installed as a single binary and does not require external libraries.

The demo below shows a dry session.


dry keybinds


Keybinding Description
% filter list
F1 sort list
F5 refresh list
F7 toggle showing Docker daemon information
F8 show docker disk usage
F9 show last 10 docker events
F10 show docker info
1 show container list
2 show image list
3 show network list
4 show volumes list
5 show node list (on Swarm mode)
6 show service list (on Swarm mode)
7 show stacks list (on Swarm mode)
ArrowUp move the cursor one line up
ArrowDown move the cursor one line down
g move the cursor to the top
G move the cursor to the bottom
q quit dry

Container commands

Keybinding Description
Enter show container command menu
F2 toggle on/off showing stopped containers
i inspect
l container logs
e remove
s stats
Ctrl+e remove all stopped containers
Ctrl+k kill
Ctrl+l container logs with Docker timestamps
Ctrl+r start/restart
Ctrl+t stop

Image commands

Keybinding Description
i history
r run command in new container
Ctrl+d remove dangling images
Ctrl+e remove image
Ctrl+f remove image (force)
Ctrl+u remove unused images
Enter inspect

Network commands

Keybinding Description
Ctrl+e remove network
Enter inspect

Volume commands

Keybinding Description
Ctrl+a remove all volumes
Ctrl+e remove volume
Ctrl+f remove volume (force)
Ctrl+u remove unused volumes
Enter inspect

Service commands

Keybinding Description
i inspect service
l service logs
Ctrl+l service logs with Docker timestamps
Ctrl+r remove service
Ctrl+s scale service
Ctrl+u update service
Enter show service tasks

Moving around buffers

Keybinding Description
ArrowUp move the cursor one line up
ArrowDown move the cursor one line down
g move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer
G move the cursor to the end of the buffer
n after search, move forwards to the next search hit
N after search, move backwards to the previous search hit
s search
pg up move the cursor "screen size" lines up
pg down move the cursor "screen size" lines down


The easiest way to install the latest binaries for Linux and Mac is to run this in a shell:

curl -sSf | sudo sh
sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/dry


If you dont like to curl | sh, binaries are provided.

Mac OS X / Homebrew

If you're on OS X and want to use homebrew:

brew tap moncho/dry
brew install dry


docker run --rm -it -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -e DOCKER_HOST=$DOCKER_HOST moncho/dry

Arch Linux

yaourt -S dry-bin


Open a console, type dry. It will try to connect to:

  • A Docker host given as a parameter (-H).
  • if none given, a Docker host defined in the $DOCKER_HOST environment variable.
  • if not defined, to unix:///var/run/docker.sock.

If no connection with a Docker host succeeds, dry will exit.

dry -p launches dry with pprof package active.


All contributions are welcome.

  • Fork the project.
  • Make changes on a topic branch.
  • Pull request.

Copyright and license

Code released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for the full license text.


Built on top of:


See Awesome Docker list for similar tools to work with Docker.