podman-generate-systemd man page

podman-generate-systemd — Generate systemd unit file(s) for a container. Not supported for the remote client


podman generate systemd [options] container|pod


podman generate systemd will create a systemd unit file that can be used to control a container or pod. By default, the command will print the content of the unit files to stdout.

Note that this command is not supported for the remote client.


--files, -f
Generate files instead of printing to stdout.  The generated files are named {container,pod}-{ID,name}.service and will be placed in the current working directory.
--name, -n
Use the name of the container for the start, stop, and description in the unit file
Create a new container via podman-run instead of starting an existing one.  This option relies on container configuration files, which may not map directly to podman CLI flags; please review the generated output carefully before placing in production. Since we use systemd Type=forking service, using this option will force the container run with the detached param -d
--timeout, -t=value
Override the default stop timeout for the container with the given value.
Set the systemd restart policy.  The restart-policy must be one of: "no", "on-success", "on-failure", "on-abnormal", "on-watchdog", "on-abort", or "always".  The default policy is on-failure.


Create and print a systemd unit file for a container running nginx with an always restart policy and 1-second timeout to stdout.

$ podman create --name nginx nginx:latest
$ podman generate systemd --restart-policy=always -t 1 nginx
# container-de1e3223b1b888bc02d0962dd6cb5855eb00734061013ffdd3479d225abacdc6.service
# autogenerated by Podman 1.8.0
# Wed Mar 09 09:46:45 CEST 2020

Description=Podman container-de1e3223b1b888bc02d0962dd6cb5855eb00734061013ffdd3479d225abacdc6.service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/podman start de1e3223b1b888bc02d0962dd6cb5855eb00734061013ffdd3479d225abacdc6
ExecStop=/usr/bin/podman stop -t 1 de1e3223b1b888bc02d0962dd6cb5855eb00734061013ffdd3479d225abacdc6

WantedBy=multi-user.target default.target

Create systemd unit files for a pod with two simple alpine containers. Note that these container services cannot be started or stopped individually via systemctl; they are managed by the pod service. You can still use systemctl status or journalctl to examine them.

$ podman pod create --name systemd-pod
$ podman create --pod systemd-pod alpine top
$ podman create --pod systemd-pod alpine top
$ podman generate systemd --files --name systemd-pod
$ cat pod-systemd-pod.service
# pod-systemd-pod.service
# autogenerated by Podman 1.8.0
# Wed Mar 09 09:52:37 CEST 2020

Description=Podman pod-systemd-pod.service
Requires=container-amazing_chandrasekhar.service container-jolly_shtern.service
Before=container-amazing_chandrasekhar.service container-jolly_shtern.service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/podman start 77a818221650-infra
ExecStop=/usr/bin/podman stop -t 10 77a818221650-infra

WantedBy=multi-user.target default.target

See Also

podman(1), podman-container(1), systemctl(1), systemd.unit(5), systemd.service(5)


August 2019, Updated with pod support by Valentin Rothberg (rothberg at redhat dot com) April 2019, Originally compiled by Brent Baude (bbaude at redhat dot com)

Referenced By

podman-auto-update(1), podman-generate(1).