How to get the IP address of a running Docker from the host?

Posted December 28, 2020 8.2k views
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Recently someone asked me how to get the IP address of a running Docker from the Docker host directly so I decided to put together a few examples of how to do that!

Hope that this helps!

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There are a few ways to get the IP address of a specific docker container. I will go through a couple of them.

The first thing you need to do is either get the ID or the name of your container. You can do that with the following command:

  • docker ps

Once you get the container ID or name, you could use one of the following commands in order to get the IP address of your container:

  • Using native Docker syntax
  • docker inspect -f '{{range.NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' container_id

As this is quite a long command, here are a couple of alternatives.

  • Using grep
  • docker inspect container_id | grep IPAddress
  • Using jq
docker inspect container_id | jq .[0].NetworkSettings.Networks[].IPAddress

For more information, make sure to check out the official documentation here:

I hope that this helps!