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Resource Reaper

Testcontainers automatically assigns a Resource Reaper session id to each Docker resource. After the tests are finished — whether they are successful or not — Moby Ryuk will take care of the remaining Docker resources and removes them. You can change the Resource Reaper session and group Docker resources together. Right now, only Linux containers are supported.


Whenever possible, do not disable the Resource Reaper. It keeps your machine and CI/CD environment clean. If at all, consider disabling the Resource Reaper only for environments that have a mechanism to cleanup Docker resources, e.g. ephemeral CI nodes.

Moby Ryuk derives its name from the anime character Ryuk and is a fitting choice due to the intriguing narrative of the anime Death Note.