Docker for Mac and docker network access from host #171

stefanfoulis opened this Issue Aug 8, 2016 · 9 comments


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Expected behavior

I can access all containers by ip address from my OSX host directly.

Actual behavior

I can't access containers by network unless I map ports to


Diagnostic ID: 13B73004-5CA7-40F3-B597-AA61D1FC6C37
Docker for Mac: 1.12.0 (Build 10871)
macOS: Version 10.11.6 (Build 15G31)
[OK] docker-cli
[OK] app
[OK] moby-syslog
[OK] disk
[OK] virtualization
[OK] system
[OK] menubar
[OK] osxfs
[OK] db
[OK] slirp
[OK] moby-console
[OK] logs
[OK] vmnetd
[OK] env
[OK] moby
[OK] driver.amd64-linux

Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. docker run --name=httpd -d httpd
  2. docker inspect httpd extract IPAddress from the output (e.g
  3. curl - expected to get the apache page, but get a timeout


I understand that the reason for this not working, is that this is due to the documented fact that there is no docker0 interface available on osx (
For our workflow (allowing the host to access containers directly from the host, without port mapping) it is pretty crucial. So my main question is, if there are plans to support this or if it is an impossible to overcome technical hurdle.


I would also be interested of the status on this.


I would love to see this too.


+1 for addressing this


+1 for this fix

rcarmich commented Oct 13, 2016 edited

I believe this is the same issue I'm experiencing. If I start an nginx container that should proxy to some code running on my actual host, I can't do that anymore since upgrading from docker toolbox. I used to be able to proxy requests to or whatever IP my host was given, but now the host has no IP (other than my DHCP given IP) for a reliable proxy destination. Very much a blocker for us, unless I'm missing something.


Per some looking around, docker/docker#22753 helped somewhat. I just added an alias on my host, and that seemingly has gotten me around the problem.
sudo ifconfig lo0 alias

wojas commented Oct 31, 2016

As a workaround, I ended up using OpenVPN to access the Docker networks.

My setup can be found here (easy to use Compose file): wojas/docker-mac-network



ijc25 commented Nov 18, 2016 edited

Closing as dup of #155. Please subscribe there for further updates

@ijc25 ijc25 closed this Nov 18, 2016
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