docker-container-attach - Attach local standard input, output, and error streams to a running container

NAME  SYNOPSIS  DESCRIPTION  EXAMPLES  Attaching to a container  Override the detach sequence  OPTIONS  SEE ALSO 


docker-container-attach - Attach local standard input, output, and error streams to a running container


docker container attach [OPTIONS] CONTAINER


The docker attach command allows you to attach to a running container using the container’s ID or name, either to view its ongoing output or to control it interactively. You can attach to the same contained process multiple times simultaneously, screen sharing style, or quickly view the progress of your detached process.

To stop a container, use CTRL-c. This key sequence sends SIGKILL to the container. You can detach from the container (and leave it running) using a configurable key sequence. The default sequence is CTRL-p CTRL-q. You configure the key sequence using the --detach-keys option or a configuration file. See config-json(5) for documentation on using a configuration file.

It is forbidden to redirect the standard input of a docker attach command while attaching to a TTY-enabled container (i.e., launched with -i and -t).


Attaching to a container

In this example the top command is run inside a container from an ubuntu image, in detached mode, then attaches to it, and then terminates the container with CTRL-c:

$ docker run -d --name topdemo ubuntu:20.04 /usr/bin/top -b
$ docker attach topdemo
top - 00:07:01 up 4:54, 0 users, load average: 0.83, 0.91, 0.82
Tasks: 1 total, 1 running, 0 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
%Cpu(s): 2.3 us, 1.6 sy, 0.0 ni, 95.9 id, 0.0 wa, 0.1 hi, 0.1 si, 0.0 st
MiB Mem : 15846.2 total, 5729.2 free, 2592.5 used, 7524.4 buff/cache
MiB Swap: 16384.0 total, 16384.0 free, 0.0 used. 12097.3 avail Mem

1 root 20 0 5976 3256 2828 R 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 top

Override the detach sequence

Use the --detach-keys option to override the Docker key sequence for detach. This is useful if the Docker default sequence conflicts with key sequence you use for other applications. There are two ways to define your own detach key sequence, as a per-container override or as a configuration property on your entire configuration.

To override the sequence for an individual container, use the --detach-keys=key flag with the docker attach command. The format of the key is either a letter [a-Z], or the ctrl-value, where value is one of the following:

a-z (a single lowercase alpha character )

@ (at sign)

[ (left bracket)

*\\* (two backward slashes)

_ (underscore)

ˆ (caret)

These a, ctrl-a, X, or *ctrl-\* values are all examples of valid key sequences. To configure a different configuration default key sequence for all containers, see docker(1).


--detach-keys="" Override the key sequence for detaching a container

-h, --help[=false] help for attach

--no-stdin[=false] Do not attach STDIN

--sig-proxy[=true] Proxy all received signals to the process



Updated 2024-01-29 - |