podman-container-checkpoint - Man Page

Checkpoints one or more running containers


podman container checkpoint [options] container ...


Checkpoints all the processes in one or more containers. You may use container IDs or names as input.


--all, -a

Checkpoint all running containers.

--compress, -c

Specify the compression algorithm used for the checkpoint archive created with the --export, -e option. Possible algorithms are gzip, none and zstd. If no compression algorithm is specified Podman will use zstd.

One possible reason to use none is to enable faster creation of checkpoint archives. Not compressing the checkpoint archive can result in faster checkpoint archive creation.

# podman container checkpoint -l --compress=none --export=dump.tar
# podman container checkpoint -l --compress=gzip --export=dump.tar.gz

--export, -e

Export the checkpoint to a tar.gz file. The exported checkpoint can be used to import the container on another system and thus enabling container live migration. This checkpoint archive also includes all changes to the container's root file-system, if not explicitly disabled using --ignore-rootfs


This only works in combination with --export, -e. If a checkpoint is exported to a tar.gz file it is possible with the help of --ignore-rootfs to explicitly disable including changes to the root file-system into the checkpoint archive file.


This option must be used in combination with the --export, -e option. When this option is specified, the content of volumes associated with the container will not be included into the checkpoint tar.gz file.

--keep, -k

Keep all temporary log and statistics files created by CRIU during checkpointing. These files are not deleted if checkpointing fails for further debugging. If checkpointing succeeds these files are theoretically not needed, but if these files are needed Podman can keep the files for further analysis.

--latest, -l

Instead of providing the container name or ID, checkpoint the last created container. (This option is not available with the remote Podman client)

--leave-running, -R

Leave the container running after checkpointing instead of stopping it.

--pre-checkpoint, -P

Dump the container's memory information only, leaving the container running. Later operations will supersede prior dumps. It only works on runc 1.0-rc3 or higher.


Checkpoint a container with established TCP connections. If the checkpoint image contains established TCP connections, this options is required during restore. Defaults to not checkpointing containers with established TCP connections.


Check out the container with previous criu image files in pre-dump. It only works without --pre-checkpoint or -P. It only works on runc 1.0-rc3 or higher.


podman container checkpoint mywebserver

podman container checkpoint 860a4b23

podman container checkpoint -P -e pre-checkpoint.tar.gz -l

podman container checkpoint --with-previous -e checkpoint.tar.gz -l

See Also

podman(1), podman-container-restore(1)


September 2018, Originally compiled by Adrian Reber areber@redhat.com ⟨mailto:areber@redhat.com⟩

Referenced By

podman-container(1), podman-container-restore(1).

The man page docker-container-checkpoint(1) is an alias of podman-container-checkpoint(1).