How to automatically cleanup (prune) docker images daily

docker image prune provides an easy way to remove “unused” docker images from a system and hence fixes or significantly delays docker eating up all your disk space on e.g. automated disk space.

provides an easy wayI created a systemd-timer based daily prune routine using TechOverflow’s Simple systemd timer generator.

Quick install using

wget -qO- https://techoverflow.net/scripts/install-cleanup-docker.sh | sudo bash

This is the script which automatically creates & installs both systemd config files.

#!/bin/sh
# This script installs automated docker cleanup via "docker image prune"
# onto systemd-based systems.
# It requires that docker is installed properly

cat >/etc/systemd/system/PruneDocker.service <<EOF
[Unit]
Description=PruneDocker

[Service]
Type=oneshot
ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker image prune -f
WorkingDirectory=/tmp
EOF

cat >/etc/systemd/system/PruneDocker.timer <<EOF
[Unit]
Description=PruneDocker

[Timer]
OnCalendar=daily
Persistent=true

[Install]
WantedBy=timers.target
EOF

# Enable and start service
systemctl enable PruneDocker.timer && sudo systemctl start PruneDocker.timer

To view logs, use

journalctl -xfu PruneDocker.service

To view the status, use

sudo systemctl status PruneDocker.timer

To immediately cleanup your docker images, use

sudo systemctl start PruneDocker.service