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runc Cheat Sheet

runc is the Linux tool you use when you want to spawn containers without Docker/Podman/…


runc create <name>                   # Create container from current directory
runc start <name>                    # Start container
runc delete <name>                   # Remove container

runc run <name>
runc run <name> --detach
runc run --root <state dir> <name>   # Start rootless container, use specified state directory

runc exec <name> <command>           # Run in container

runc list

ls /run/runc
cat /run/runc/<name>/state.json

runc spec [--rootless]               # Create spec template in current directory