I'm using ubuntu-16.04 desktop and installed Docker-1.5-1 and docker-engine-17.05.0~ce-0~ubuntu-xenial, in which I installed openmedicus/phplist. My aim is to remove the container, and the image as well.

The issue is that the container is removed successfully but after some time the container is automatically created with a different container ID.

I even tried to remove images also but faced the same issue.

Trying to remove images:

$ docker images | grep phplist
openmedicus/phplist             latest              24d3de5279cb        4 months ago        694MB

$ docker rmi openmedicus/phplist:latest --force
Untagged: openmedicus/phplist:latest
Untagged: penmedicus/phplist@sha256:6ac98b2f624eb8cd61b64c4b398650975a876224d5925175c58ff0c1b05a2593

$ docker images | grep phplist    ## Delete Sucessfully

Now trying to remove container :

$ docker ps
b02b641560e8        24d3de5279cb             "/bin/sh -c /usr/s..."   2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes>80/tcp                                 
$ docker stop b02b641560e8

$ docker rm b02b641560e8 --force   # Remove Sucessfully

Again, the container is created automatically :

$ docker ps
2c78199dc40c        openmedicus/phplist      "/bin/sh -c /usr/s..."   29 seconds ago      Up 28 seconds>80/tcp                                 phplist

How can I remove the Docker container and image permanently?

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    I highly doubt an apt-get install docker-engine would end up running any container, so there's probably something else you did and omitted in this question.
    – Tensibai
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 11:31
  • @Tensibai tried but not working Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 12:14
  • @nullpointer very strange behavior. Why isn't docker version 17 or so but 1.5? docker --version
    – Ta Mu
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 12:17
  • Tried what ? phplist is a mass mailing system, there's no chance it could get installed as a dependency. How did you install docker ?
    – Tensibai
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 12:18
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    Just because there's something somewhere on your system doing a docker run openmedicus/phplist, check /etc/systemd/system/docker-phplist.service presence according to the docker-hub readme of the image you're listing: hub.docker.com/r/openmedicus/phplist
    – Tensibai
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 13:01

2 Answers 2


Check the following:

Something like watchtower maybe running and monitoring your host machine on which the containers are running. Watchtower can re-pull your images from a registry and re-launch a container for you. There are some tools similar to watchtower which do this.

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    This sounds plausible, I've had this before with an in-house daemon that pulled images and created containers.
    – RichVel
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 8:32

This can also com from swarm. A look here to find some more

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