In today’s post we are going to list a few solutions on how to deal with the following Docker network error:
ERROR: error while removing network: network <> has active endpoints.
There also few possible reasons behind it, starting from renaming docker-compose service before taking down the containers, having multiple networks with the same name, or even forgetting to include the docker-compose
-p env variable when taking down the stack.
- Docker Compose
- sudo privileges
Solution 1. Try to restart the Docker service and remove the hanging network afterwards.
1. sudo systemctl restart docker
2. docker network rm bad-network
3. docker network prune
Solution 2. Take down the Docker Compose stack using the
docker-compose down --remove-orphans
Solution 3. If you have already started the Docker Compose stack using the
COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME -p env var, make sure to specify the same env var when taking down the stack.
docker-compose -p SOME_PROJECT_NAME down
Solution 4. Try to stop and remove the container(s) first, then disconnect and remove the network. For instance:
1. docker stop container1 && docker rm container1
2. docker network disconnect -f bad_network container1
3. docker network rm bad_network
4. docker-compose down
5. docker-compose up --remove-orphans
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