Nikita Kazakov
Nikita Kazakov
~1 min read


When I run docker ps to look at docker containers, the results are typically wrapped and are hard to read due to too many displayed columns.

A good solution is to pipe the output to less with an -s flag which chops long lines.

docker ps | less -S

The result is a tabular display that fits on the screen and looks something like this.

CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                             COMMAND                  CREATED        STATUS                PORTS                                            NAMES
72cebf9ede0c     "/init"                  30 hours ago   Up 14 hours           443/tcp,>80/tcp                    bookstack
2250d96b7203       "/init"                  30 hours ago   Up 30 hours           3306/tcp                                         bookstack_db
a46886b6a048   alpine:latest                     "/bin/sh"                2 days ago     Up 2 days   >80/tcp                             optimistic_lederberg
f6c1ffd8026b   ruby:2.7.4-alpine3.14             "irb"                    13 days ago    Up 13 days                                                             ruby-2.7
9d68028b9f75   wordpress:latest                  "docker-entrypoint.s…"   5 months ago   Up 5 months >80/tcp                             wordpress_setup_wordpress_1
ef916710b8b2   mysql:5.7                         "docker-entrypoint.s…"   5 months ago   Up 5 months           3306/tcp, 33060/tcp

Hit the left and right keys to see more columns in the terminal.