Docker Machine Port Forwarding
A small bash script that makes it easier to expose ports between VirtualBox and the host when using docker-machine on Mac OSX. The script is called
pf which stands for "port forward". You can also read more on this blog.
$ pf 8080
Forwards port 8080 in the container to port 8080 on the host in docker-machine environment
default by opening an SSH connection to VirtualBox in the background.
If you run into this error:
Host does not exist: "default"
you'll need to specify the name of your docker-machine environment. For example:
$ pf 8080 -e dev
This will use the
dev docker-machine environment.
Stopping the port forwarding
If you've started port forwarding in the background (default) you can easily stop it using:
$ pf 8080 -s
Note that you don't need to specify an environment (
-e) for this to work.
You can map the docker port to another port on the host like this:
$ pf 8090:8080
This will map port 8090 on the host to port 8080 running in the container.
You can also start the port forwarding process in the foreground:
$ pf 8080 -f
If you do this you'll see the docker-machine and once it's shutdown the port forwarding is also stopped automatically (i.e. no need to run
pf 8080 -s).
pf -h to for more options
If you need more advanced options just use the vanilla
docker-machine command. The purpose of
pf is to make it really easy to do the most basic things.