How to access services running on your machine from your broker running in Docker

TomF Member, Employee Posts: 406 Solace Employee

Do you need to access your local machine's network from inside your broker running on Docker?

For instance, I wanted to create a REST endpoint so I could send some data from an RDP in a broker running in Docker. The problem is that you can't use localhost or

For example, if I start my REST endpoint at port 9010 on my local machine, I can do
telnet localhost 9010
And everything works fine.

However, from a Docker container (in this case an Ubunutu image), life is not so good:
container# telnet localhost 9010
Trying ::1...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Cannot assign requested address

That's because localhost is local to the container.

So I need to identifiy the local machine's network to the container. It's pretty simple, instead of using localhost short cuts, just specify your machine's IP address:

host# ifconfig
eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
inet netmask broadcast

container# telnet 9010
Connected to

So now I can just set my RDP Rest Consumer to send to


  • arih
    arih Member, Employee Posts: 125 Solace Employee

    Nice tips 👍

    But I use this more on my Mac host.docker.internal 😬

  • TomF
    TomF Member, Employee Posts: 406 Solace Employee

    I've found host.docker.internal to be unreliable - it often gives an address that appears to have nothing to do with any network I know! But I'm using WSL2 on Windows, which might be why...