The size of docker.qcow2 on mac is much larger than the images that I have

I am using mac machine, and I have only one image of ubuntu:14.04, which sizes to 187.9 MB. I have deleted all containers (running and exited). However when I check the size of docker.qcow2 (/Library/containers/com.docker.docker/Data/com.docker.driver.amd64-linux/Docker.qcow2), it shows the size as 1.63 GB. As far as I know, this is the file where all the images are stored in mac. So the size of this file should be 187 MB or less. Any idea of why this size is so big?

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    I was facing the same issue, size of my Docker.qcow2 was 13G. So I connected to the Docker host VM directly and rebooted it from the CLI. After that the size went down to 2.2G

    Try screen $HOME/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker/Data/com.docker.driver.amd64-linux/tty and you should be able to connect directly to the Docker host.

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