How to Stop and Delete all Docker Containers

People that work with Docker know it is easy to create a large number of containers. Occasionally it becomes necessary to delete unused and unneeded containers. Below is an example of stopping and deleting all existing Docker containers. This is accomplished by using docker stop and docker rm together with docker ps (using command substitution).

docker ps is used to list containers. The -a option will list all containers (not just running containers). The -q option will display only the container IDs. Usage of the docker ps command can be seen below:

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