- Run a command inside a specific
toolbox run --container container_name command
- Run a command inside a
toolboxcontainer for a specific release of a distribution:
toolbox run --distro distribution --release release command
toolboxcontainer using the default image for Fedora 38:
toolbox run --distro fedora --release f38 emacs
toolbox run [--container NAME | -c NAME]
[--distro DISTRO | -d DISTRO]
[--release RELEASE | -r RELEASE]
Runs a command inside an existing toolbox container. The container should have been created using the
toolbox create command.
On Fedora, the default container is known as
fedora-toolbox-N, where N is the release of the host. A specific container can be selected using the
A toolbox container is an OCI container. Therefore,
toolbox run is analogous to a
podman start followed by a
The following options are understood:
- NAME, -c NAME
Run command inside a toolbox container with the given NAME. This is useful when there are multiple toolbox containers created from the same image, or entirely customized containers created from custom-built images.
- DISTRO, -d DISTRO
Run command inside a toolbox container for a different operating system DISTRO than the host. Has to be coupled with
--release unless the selected DISTRO matches the host system.
Pass down to command N additional file descriptors (in addition to 0, 1, 2). The total number of file descriptors will be 3+N.
- RELEASE, -r RELEASE
Run command inside a toolbox container for a different operating system RELEASE than the host.
The exit code gives information about why the command within the container failed to run or why it exited.
1 There was an internal error in Toolbox
125 There was an internal error in Podman
126 The run command could not be invoked
$ toolbox run /etc; echo $? /bin/sh: line 1: /etc: Is a directory /bin/sh: line 1: exec: /etc: cannot execute: Is a directory Error: failed to invoke command /etc in container fedora-toolbox-36 126
127 The run command cannot be found or the working directory does not exist
$ toolbox run foo; echo $? /bin/sh: line 1: exec: foo: not found Error: command foo not found in container fedora-toolbox-36 127
Exit code The run command exit code
$ toolbox run false; echo $? 1
Run ls inside a toolbox container using the default image matching the host OS
$ toolbox run ls -la
Run emacs inside a toolbox container using the default image for Fedora 36
$ toolbox run --distro fedora --release f36 emacs
Run uptime inside a custom toolbox container using a custom image
$ toolbox run --container foo uptime