How to restart a single container with Docker Compose?

Better Stack Team
Updated on November 23, 2023

To restart a single container using Docker Compose, you can use the docker compose restart command, followed by the name of the service you want to restart. If you're using Compose standalone, use docker-compose restart instead.

Here's an example:

docker compose restart myservice

In the above example, myservice is the name of the service you want to restart. Docker Compose will stop and restart the container associated with this service.

Note that you can also use the docker-compose up command with the --no-deps option to recreate a single container without starting any dependent containers. For example:

docker compose up --no-deps myservice

This will recreate the container associated with myservice without starting any other containers that depend on it. However, this command will also stop and start the container, which may cause data loss or other issues. If you want to restart the container without stopping it, you should use the docker restart command instead.

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