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MACVlan Networks - unable to connect to HOST from Container


(Vkhurana) #1


I’m pretty new to docker, and I have a few containers going. It works amazing for the most part, but I noticed one issue and I’m hoping someone can help me figure it out.

I run my containers with a macvlan network, because I wanted to be able to run miltiple containers on port 80 (or other ports).

The problem I have is that I’m unable to connect to the docker host from one of the contianers. As an example:

+---------------Host (
|                                                |
| +---(  +--( |
| |  Container 1       |  |  Container 2       | |
| +--------------------+  +--------------------+ |

When I try to ping the Host ( from Container 1 (, I don’t get a response, no packets seem to reachable from any of the containers, but other machines on the network (outside of the host) work fine.

Is there a way I can configure MacVlan to allow talking to the host from the conatiner?

(David Maze) #2

You can do this with the standard Docker networking setup easily enough:

docker run -d -p8000:80 --name web_1 whatever
docker run -d -p8001:80 --name web_2 whatever

The containers will be accessible via the host’s DNS name or IP address on ports 8000, 8001, or whatever is on the left-hand side of the -p option, even though the processes inside the container are serving on port 80 (the right-hand side of the -p option must match this but it’s under the process’s control).

You shouldn’t worry about the internal IP addresses containers happen to have; setting up routing for these is very difficult. If you’re communicating between containers, set up a non-default network (just docker network create net_name will do) and attach all the containers to that, and Docker will provide a DNS service so that you can refer to the other containers by name.

(Vkhurana) #3

Thanks! I’ll give that a shot and see if that works out.

Additionally, Is there a reason the host is unreachable by the container? Rather than container - container communication, the container - host communication seems to be blocked.

(Vkhurana) #4

Does anyone else have the same issue? Where containers can’t connect to the host? Is this by design or a bug?