Where does Docker store the content of running containers?

Is there a way to browse the files that were created within a running container?

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    I’m not sure why you’d want to know this, but it is possible.

    Using docker inspect, you can find out more about the internals of a container. Try issuing docker inspect eefea5f7df52e8c1aad24b4068564237021dc7b953026f0adb696878a3d25f72 to see a full tree of information about a container.

    I believe docker inspect --format='{{.GraphDriver.Data.LowerDir}}' eefea5f7df52e8c1aad24b4068564237021dc7b953026f0adb696878a3d25f72 gives you the path to where your container data is stored. You’ll need root access to open that folder though, with good reason as it is not a good idea to try and alter data there!

    Docker will be the best open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.