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skopeo-delete(1) General Commands Manual skopeo-delete(1)


skopeo-delete - Mark image-name for deletion.


skopeo delete image-name

Mark image-name for deletion. To release the allocated disk space, you must login to the container registry server and execute the container registry garbage collector. E.g.,

/usr/bin/registry garbage-collect /etc/docker-distribution/registry/config.yml
Note: sometimes the config.yml is stored in /etc/docker/registry/config.yml
If you are running the container registry inside of a container you would execute something like:
$ docker exec -it registry /usr/bin/registry garbage-collect /etc/docker-distribution/registry/config.yml

--authfile path

Path of the authentication file. Default is ${XDG_RUNTIME_DIR}/containers/auth.json, which is set using skopeo login. If the authorization state is not found there, $HOME/.docker/config.json is checked, which is set using docker login.

--creds username[:password] for accessing the registry

--cert-dir path Use certificates at path (*.crt, *.cert, *.key) to connect to the registry

--tls-verify bool-value Require HTTPS and verify certificates when talking to container registries (defaults to true)

--no-creds bool-value Access the registry anonymously.

Additionally, the registry must allow deletions by setting REGISTRY_STORAGE_DELETE_ENABLED=true for the registry daemon.


Mark image example/pause for deletion from the registry:

See above for additional details on using the command delete.


skopeo(1), skopeo-login(1), docker-login(1), containers-auth.json(5)


Antonio Murdaca ⟨⟩, Miloslav Trmac ⟨⟩, Jhon Honce ⟨⟩