lxc-checkpoint — checkpoint a container


lxc-checkpoint {-n name} {-D PATH} [-r] [-s] [-v] [-d] [-F]


lxc-checkpoint checkpoints and restores containers.


-r, --restore

Restore the checkpoint for the container, instead of dumping it. This option is incompatible with -s.

-D PATH, --checkpoint-dir=PATH

The directory to dump the checkpoint metadata.

-s, --stop

Optionally stop the container after dumping. This option is incompatible with -r.

-v, --verbose

Enable verbose criu logging.

-d, --daemon

Restore the container in the background (this is the default). Only available when providing -r.

-F, --foreground

Restore the container in the foreground. Only available when providing -r.

Common Options

These options are common to most of lxc commands.

-?, -h, --help

Print a longer usage message than normal.


Give the usage message

-q, --quiet

mute on

-P, --lxcpath=PATH

Use an alternate container path. The default is /var/lib/lxc.

-o, --logfile=FILE

Output to an alternate log FILE. The default is no log.

-l, --logpriority=LEVEL

Set log priority to LEVEL. The default log priority is ERROR. Possible values are : FATAL, CRIT, WARN, ERROR, NOTICE, INFO, DEBUG.

Note that this option is setting the priority of the events log in the alternate log file. It do not have effect on the ERROR events log on stderr.

-n, --name=NAME

Use container identifier NAME. The container identifier format is an alphanumeric string.


Specify the configuration file to configure the virtualization and isolation functionalities for the container.

This configuration file if present will be used even if there is already a configuration file present in the previously created container (via lxc-create).


Show the version number.


lxc-checkpoint -n foo -D /tmp/checkpoint

Checkpoint the container foo into the directory /tmp/checkpoint.

lxc-checkpoint -r -n foo -D /tmp/checkpoint

Restore the checkpoint from the directory /tmp/checkpoint.

See Also

lxc(7), lxc-create(1), lxc-copy(1), lxc-destroy(1), lxc-start(1), lxc-stop(1), lxc-execute(1), lxc-console(1), lxc-monitor(1), lxc-wait(1), lxc-cgroup(1), lxc-ls(1), lxc-info(1), lxc-freeze(1), lxc-unfreeze(1), lxc-attach(1), lxc.conf(5)


Tycho Andersen <tycho.andersen@canonical.com>