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podman-save - Man Page

Save image(s) to an archive


podman save [options] name[:tag]

podman image save [options] name[:tag]


podman save saves an image to a local file or directory. podman save writes to STDOUT by default and can be redirected to a file using the output flag. The quiet flag suppresses the output when set. podman save saves parent layers of the image(s) and the image(s) can be loaded using podman load. To export the containers, use the podman export. Note: : is a restricted character and cannot be part of the file name.

podman [GLOBAL Options]

podman save [GLOBAL Options]

podman save [Options] NAME[:TAG]



Compress tarball image layers when pushing to a directory using the 'dir' transport. (default is same compression type, compressed or uncompressed, as source)

Note: This flag can only be set with --format=docker-dir.


An image format to produce, one of:

docker-archiveA tar archive interoperable with docker load(1) (the default)
oci-archiveA tar archive using the OCI Image Format
oci-dirA directory using the OCI Image Format
docker-dirdir transport (see containers-transports(5)) with v2s2 manifest type

--help, -h

Print usage statement

--multi-image-archive, -m

Allow for creating archives with more than one image.  Additional names are interpreted as images instead of tags.  Only supported for --format=docker-archive. The default for this option can be modified via the multi_image_archive="true"|"false" flag in containers.conf.

--output, -o=file

Write to a file, default is STDOUT

--quiet, -q

Suppress the output


Accept uncompressed layers when using one of the OCI formats.


Save image to a local file without displaying progress.

$ podman save --quiet -o alpine.tar alpine:2.6

Save image to stdout and redirect content via shell.

$ podman save alpine > alpine-all.tar

Save image in oci-archive format to the local file.

$ podman save -o oci-alpine.tar --format oci-archive alpine

Save image compressed in docker-dir format.

$ podman save --compress --format docker-dir -o alp-dir alpine
Getting image source signatures
Copying blob sha256:2fdfe1cd78c20d05774f0919be19bc1a3e4729bce219968e4188e7e0f1af679d
 1.97 MB / 1.97 MB [========================================================] 0s
Copying config sha256:501d1a8f0487e93128df34ea349795bc324d5e0c0d5112e08386a9dfaff620be
 584 B / 584 B [============================================================] 0s
Writing manifest to image destination
Storing signatures

See Also

podman(1), podman-load(1), containers.conf(5), containers-transports(5)


July 2017, Originally compiled by Urvashi Mohnani umohnani@redhat.com ⟨mailto:umohnani@redhat.com⟩

Referenced By

containers-transports(5), podman(1), podman-create(1), podman-image(1), podman-image-scp(1), podman-load(1), podman-remote(1), podman-run(1).

The man pages docker-image-save(1), docker-save(1) and podman-image-save(1) are aliases of podman-save(1).