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Docker How To Start A Container

Starting a Docker container is really easy.

This command will start an existing Docker container named ‘smelly-hippo’:


docker start smelly-hippo

You can verify that the container has been started by checking all containers:


docker ps -a

You can also stop the container like this:


docker stop smelly-hippo

If the container doesn’t exist yet you can create it with this command:


docker create -ti ubuntu

If you want to create and run a container in one shot you can do it like this:


docker run -tid ubuntu

You can also give your container a specific name like this:


docker run -tid --name smelly-hippo ubuntu