Fix 'ERROR [internal] load metadata for'

Apr 16, 2023 · 1 min read · Post a comment

The ERROR [internal] load metadata for error occurs when Docker fails to pull the latest metadata for the Alpine image from the Docker Hub registry. Let’s try to resolve it.


  • Docker


  • Stop any running containers and remove them.
    docker stop $(docker ps -aq)
    docker rm $(docker ps -aq)
  • Remove all the Docker images.
    docker rmi $(docker images -q)
  • Clear the Docker cache.
    docker system prune --all --force --volumes


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