How to automatically cleanup (prune) docker images daily

Note: This will only remove docker images without a tag, but not all images not associated to a running or stopped container. See our post on How to automatically cleanup (prune) docker images daily in case this is not the desired behaviour.

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

I created a systemd-timer based daily prune routine using TechOverflow’s Simple systemd timer generator.

Quick install using

wget -qO- | sudo bash

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

# 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

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker image prune -f

cat >/etc/systemd/system/PruneDocker.timer <<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