DOCKER(1)                                                            DOCKER(1)

       docker-container-cp - Copy files/folders between a container and the
       local filesystem

       docker container cp [OPTIONS] CONTAINER:SRC_PATH DEST_PATH|-

       The docker container cp utility copies the contents of SRC_PATH to the
       DEST_PATH.  You can copy from the container's file system to the local
       machine or the reverse, from the local filesystem to the container. If
       - is specified for either the SRC_PATH or DEST_PATH, you can also
       stream a tar archive from STDIN or to STDOUT. The CONTAINER can be a
       running or stopped container.  The SRC_PATH or DEST_PATH can be a file
       or directory.

       The docker container cp command assumes container paths are relative to
       the container's / (root) directory. This means supplying the initial
       forward slash is optional; The command sees
       compassionate_darwin:/tmp/foo/myfile.txt and
       compassionate_darwin:tmp/foo/myfile.txt as identical. Local machine
       paths can be an absolute or relative value. The command interprets a
       local machine's relative paths as relative to the current working
       directory where docker container cp is run.

       The cp command behaves like the Unix cp -a command in that directories
       are copied recursively with permissions preserved if possible.
       Ownership is set to the user and primary group at the destination. For
       example, files copied to a container are created with UID:GID of the
       root user. Files copied to the local machine are created with the
       UID:GID of the user which invoked the docker container cp command.  If
       you specify the -L option, docker container cp follows any symbolic
       link in the SRC_PATH. docker container cp does not create parent
       directories for DEST_PATH if they do not exist.

       Assuming a path separator of /, a first argument of SRC_PATH and second
       argument of DEST_PATH, the behavior is as follows:

              o SRC_PATH specifies a file

                o DEST_PATH does not exist

                  o the file is saved to a file created at DEST_PATH

                o DEST_PATH does not exist and ends with /

                  o Error condition: the destination directory must exist.

                o DEST_PATH exists and is a file

                  o the destination is overwritten with the source file's

                o DEST_PATH exists and is a directory

                  o the file is copied into this directory using the basename
                    from SRC_PATH

              o SRC_PATH specifies a directory

                o DEST_PATH does not exist

                  o DEST_PATH is created as a directory and the contents of
                    the source directory are copied into this directory

                o DEST_PATH exists and is a file

                  o Error condition: cannot copy a directory to a file

                o DEST_PATH exists and is a directory

                  o SRC_PATH does not end with /. (that is: slash followed by

                    o the source directory is copied into this directory

                  o SRC_PATH does end with /. (that is: slash followed by dot)

                    o the content of the source directory is copied into this

       The command requires SRC_PATH and DEST_PATH to exist according to the
       above rules. If SRC_PATH is local and is a symbolic link, the symbolic
       link, not the target, is copied by default. To copy the link target and
       not the link, specify the -L option.

       A colon (:) is used as a delimiter between CONTAINER and its path. You
       can also use : when specifying paths to a SRC_PATH or DEST_PATH on a
       local machine, for example  file:name.txt. If you use a : in a local
       machine path, you must be explicit with a relative or absolute path,
       for example:

              `/path/to/file:name.txt` or `./file:name.txt`

       It is not possible to copy certain system files such as resources under
       /proc, /sys, /dev, tmpfs, and mounts created by the user in the
       container.  However, you can still copy such files by manually running
       tar in docker exec.  For example (consider SRC_PATH and DEST_PATH are

              $ docker exec foo tar Ccf $(dirname SRC_PATH) - $(basename SRC_PATH) | tar Cxf DEST_PATH -


              $ tar Ccf $(dirname SRC_PATH) - $(basename SRC_PATH) | docker exec -i foo tar Cxf DEST_PATH -

       Using - as the SRC_PATH streams the contents of STDIN as a tar archive.
       The command extracts the content of the tar to the DEST_PATH in
       container's filesystem. In this case, DEST_PATH must specify a
       directory. Using - as the DEST_PATH streams the contents of the
       resource as a tar archive to STDOUT.

       Suppose a container has finished producing some output as a file it
       saves to somewhere in its filesystem. This could be the output of a
       build job or some other computation. You can copy these outputs from
       the container to a location on your local host.

       If you want to copy the /tmp/foo directory from a container to the
       existing /tmp directory on your host. If you run docker container cp in
       your (home) directory on the local host:

              $ docker container cp compassionate_darwin:tmp/foo /tmp

       Docker creates a /tmp/foo directory on your host. Alternatively, you
       can omit the leading slash in the command. If you execute this command
       from your home directory:

              $ docker container cp compassionate_darwin:tmp/foo tmp

       If  /tmp does not exist, Docker will create it and copy the contents of
       /tmp/foo from the container into this new directory. If  /tmp already
       exists as a directory, then Docker will copy the contents of /tmp/foo
       from the container into a directory at  /tmp/foo.

       When copying a single file to an existing LOCALPATH, the docker
       container cp command will either overwrite the contents of LOCALPATH if
       it is a file or place it into LOCALPATH if it is a directory,
       overwriting an existing file of the same name if one exists. For
       example, this command:

              $ docker container cp sharp_ptolemy:/tmp/foo/myfile.txt /test

       If /test does not exist on the local machine, it will be created as a
       file with the contents of /tmp/foo/myfile.txt from the container. If
       /test exists as a file, it will be overwritten. Lastly, if /test exists
       as a directory, the file will be copied to /test/myfile.txt.

       Next, suppose you want to copy a file or folder into a container. For
       example, this could be a configuration file or some other input to a
       long running computation that you would like to place into a created
       container before it starts. This is useful because it does not require
       the configuration file or other input to exist in the container image.

       If you have a file, config.yml, in the current directory on your local
       host and wish to copy it to an existing directory at /etc/my-app.d in a
       container, this command can be used:

              $ docker container cp config.yml myappcontainer:/etc/my-app.d

       If you have several files in a local directory /config which you need
       to copy to a directory /etc/my-app.d in a container:

              $ docker container cp /config/. myappcontainer:/etc/my-app.d

       The above command will copy the contents of the local /config directory
       into the directory /etc/my-app.d in the container.

       Finally, if you want to copy a symbolic link into a container, you
       typically want to  copy the linked target and not the link itself. To
       copy the target, use the -L option, for example:

              $ ln -s /tmp/somefile /tmp/somefile.ln
              $ docker container cp -L /tmp/somefile.ln myappcontainer:/tmp/

       This command copies content of the local /tmp/somefile into the file
       /tmp/somefile.ln in the container. Without -L option, the
       /tmp/somefile.ln preserves its symbolic link but not its content.

       -a, --archive[=false]
           Archive mode (copy all uid/gid information)

       -L, --follow-link[=false]
           Always follow symbol link in SRC_PATH

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


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