How do I assign a public IP while running a Docker container in Linux?

by georgiana.senger , in category: General Help , 5 months ago

How do I assign a public IP while running a Docker container in Linux?

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by brock , 4 months ago

@georgiana.senger 

To assign a public IP while running a Docker container in Linux, you can make use of the --network=host flag in your docker run command. Follow the steps below:

  1. Check if you have an available public IP address on your Linux host by using the ip addr or ifconfig command. Ensure you have an available public IP address to assign to the container.
  2. Start the Docker container while using the --network=host flag in the docker run command to enable the container to use the host's network stack and interface.


For example:

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docker run -d --network=host <your_docker_image>


  1. By using the --network=host flag, the container will use the host's IP address and network interface. This means that any applications inside the container will be accessible via the public IP assigned to the Linux host.


Remember that the container still needs to expose the required ports for incoming connections in order to access applications running inside it. You can define port mappings using the -p flag in the docker run command or by using other Docker networking techniques, depending on your specific requirements.


Note: Assigning a public IP address directly to a Docker container might not be the recommended approach due to security considerations. It is generally advised to utilize a reverse proxy or load balancer to handle incoming connections and route them to the appropriate containerized application.