TIL host.docker.internal

Today I learned, that I can use the address `host.docker.internal` to connect to the host from within a Docker container.

>The host has a changing IP address (or none if you have no network access). We recommend that you connect to the special DNS name `host.docker.internal` which resolves to the internal IP address used by the host. *This is for development purpose and will not work in a production environment outside of Docker Desktop for Windows / Mac*.
>Source: [https://docs.docker.com/docker-for-windows/networking/#use-cases-and-workarounds](https://docs.docker.com/docker-for-windows/networking/#use-cases-and-workarounds)

3 thoughts on “TIL host.docker.internal”

  1. Yup, very useful. I found about this the other week when I was trying to PoC Vault Integration on a local kubernetes cluster. Works great!

  2. This reminds me of the dind “Docker in Docker” idea. I don’t know what security issues there might be, but inception isn’t hard. YSMV (your socket may vary).

    # docker-compose.yml


    image: docker
    command: sh -c “while :; do docker container ls; sleep 15; done”
    # this service will have access to the same docker instance that ran it
    – /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock

    version: “3”


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