I have a docker swarm configuration with 3 nodes. There is a network that sits on only one of the nodes. On that particular node, docker network ls shows the network, docker network rm [network-id] says "Error response from daemon: network ... not found" while docker network inspect [network-id] show the network and it looks pretty good (Scope: swarm, Driver: overlay). Exactly like one that i have created test-wise in parallel to compare it with. Any idea anyone? How can I get rid of that network- zombie?

  • Does "docker network prune" affect the zombie network?
    – Johan
    Feb 16, 2019 at 14:17
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    No it doesnt I do experience the same problem. Can reproduce but not on purpose. Happens after a while. docker network ls <network> shows id name overlay swarm but docker network rm <id> or <name> gives: "Error response from daemon: network id` not found Mar 11, 2019 at 14:05

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How can I get rid of that network- zombie?

Please try the following.

docker network inspect <id> or <name>

Under Containers you see all the containers that are still connected to the network

docker network disconnect -f <networkID> <endpointName> or <endpointId> try both

Next remove all unused networks

docker network prune

Fixed the problem for me ;)

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    The container listed in docker network inspect isn't in docker container ls. But if I do a disconnect with the endpoint name, this seemed to help. May 30, 2019 at 3:31
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    I had to give the --force flag because without it, docker complained that the listed containers didn't exist.
    – Ryan Fox
    Jun 12, 2019 at 1:16
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    nothing worked for me, only a "/etc/init.d/docker restart" removed the zombie network
    – daigorocub
    Jul 29, 2019 at 9:11
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    It worked for me, but I had to use the endpointName instead of endpointID Apr 5, 2020 at 9:34
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    Thanks for the help, but although there were actually some containers listed in the containers section after doing docker network inspect, the command docker network disconnect (even with the -f flag and both endpoint name or ID) resulted in an error (the endpoint does not exist). Only a sudo service docker restart worked for me. Nov 7, 2020 at 18:44

I ran into a similar issue for my dev environment (unrelated to swarm) while experimenting with connecting containers across docker compose instances. I tried stopping / starting compose, killing containers, removing images, pruning networks, and restarting docker numerous times and in a variety of sequences, yet nothing worked.

Finally I ran the following on the problematic instance while the other compose instances were up, which did work:

docker system prune

This removed (per the warning):

  • all stopped containers
  • all networks not used by at least one container
  • all dangling images
  • all dangling build cache

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