How to get a Docker container’s IP address from the host?

The --format option of inspect comes to the rescue.

Modern Docker client syntax is:

docker inspect -f '{{range.NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' container_name_or_id

Old Docker client syntax is:

docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' container_name_or_id

These commands will return the Docker container’s IP address.

As mentioned in the comments: if you are on Windows, use double quotes " instead of single quotes ' around the curly braces.

How to get a Docker container’s IP address from the host?

You can use docker inspect <container id>.

For example:

CID=$(docker run -d -p 4321 base nc -lk 4321);
docker inspect $CID

Answer #3:

First get the container ID:

docker ps

(First column is for container ID)

Use the container ID to run:

docker inspect <container ID>

At the bottom, under NetworkSettings, you can find IPAddress

Or just do for UNIX based:

docker inspect <container id> | grep "IPAddress"

And for Windows CMD:

docker inspect <container id> | findstr "IPAddress"

Answer #4:

docker inspect CONTAINER_ID | grep "IPAddress"

You can add -i to grep for ignoring the case then even the following will work:

docker inspect CONTAINER_ID | grep -i "IPaDDreSS"

Answer #5:

To get all container names and their IP addresses in just one single command.

docker inspect -f '{{.Name}} - {{.NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' $(docker ps -aq)

If you are using docker-compose the command will be this:

docker inspect -f '{{.Name}} - {{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' $(docker ps -aq)

The output will be:

/containerA -
/containerB -
/containerC -

Answer #6:

Add this shell script in your ~/.bashrc or relevant file:

docker-ip() {
  docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' "$@"

Then, to get an IP address of a container, simply do this:


For the new version of the Docker, please use the following:

docker-ip() {
        docker inspect --format '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' "$@"

How to get a Docker container’s IP address from the host in Docker 1.3+?

In Docker 1.3+, you can also check it using:

Enter the running Docker (Linux):

docker exec [container-id or container-name] cat /etc/hosts d8bc98fa4088   localhost
::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters mysql

For Windows:

docker exec [container-id or container-name] ipconfig

Answer #8:

As of Docker version 1.10.3, build 20f81dd

Unless you told Docker otherwise, Docker always launches your containers in the bridge network. So you can try this command below:

docker network inspect bridge

Which should then return a Containers section which will display the IP address for that running container.

        "Name": "bridge",
        "Id": "40561e7d29a08b2eb81fe7b02736f44da6c0daae54ca3486f75bfa81c83507a0",
        "Scope": "local",
        "Driver": "bridge",
        "IPAM": {
            "Driver": "default",
            "Options": null,
            "Config": [
                    "Subnet": ""
        "Containers": {
            "025d191991083e21761eb5a56729f61d7c5612a520269e548d0136e084ecd32a": {
                "Name": "drunk_leavitt",
                "EndpointID": "9f6f630a1743bd9184f30b37795590f13d87299fe39c8969294c8a353a8c97b3",
                "IPv4Address": "",
                "IPv6Address": ""
        "Options": {
            "": "true",
            "": "true",
            "": "true",
            "": "",
            "": "docker0",
            "": "1500"

Answer #9:


docker ps -a

This will display active docker images:

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                       PORTS               NAMES
3b733ae18c1c        parzee/database     "/usr/lib/postgresql/"   6 minutes ago       Up 6 minutes                 5432/tcp            serene_babbage

Use the CONTAINER ID value:

docker inspect <CONTAINER ID> | grep -w "IPAddress" | awk '{ print $2 }' | head -n 1 | cut -d "," -f1


Answer #10:

My answer:

docker inspect -f '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}} %tab% {{.Name}}' $(docker ps -aq
) | sed 's#%tab%#\t#g' | sed 's#/##g' | sort -t . -k 1,1n -k 2,2n -k 3,3n -k 4,4n

Also as a bash alias:

docker-ips() {   docker inspect -f '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}} %tab% {{.Name}}' $(docker ps -aq) | sed 's#%tab%#\t#g' | sed 's#/##g' | sort -t . -k 1,1n -k 2,2n -k 3,3n -k 4,4n }

Output is sorted by IP address, and tab delimited:

# docker-ips       memcached       nginx       fpm-backup       dns       fpm-beta       exim       fpm-delta       mariadb      fpm-alpha       nextcloud-redis       nextcloud-db       nextcloud

Merged answer:

Based on some of the answers I loved, I decided to merge them to a function to get all the IP addresses and another for an specific container. They are now in my .bashrc file.

docker-ips() {
    docker inspect --format='{{.Name}} - {{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' $(docker ps -aq)

docker-ip() {
  docker inspect --format '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' "$@"

The first command gives the IP address of all the containers and the second a specific container’s IP address.


Answer #12:

Here’s a quick working answer:

Get your container name or ID:

docker container ls

Then get the IP:

docker inspect <container_ID Or container_name> |grep 'IPAddress'

Get the port:

docker inspect <container_ID Or container_name> |grep 'Port'

Answer #13:

I wrote the following Bash script to get a table of IP addresses from all containers running under docker-compose.

function docker_container_names() {
    docker ps -a --format "{{.Names}}" | xargs

# Get the IP address of a particular container
dip() {
    local network
    docker inspect --format "{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.$network.IPAddress }}" "$@"

dipall() {
    for container_name in $(docker_container_names);
        local container_ip=$(dip $container_name)
        if [[ -n "$container_ip" ]]; then
            echo $(dip $container_name) " $container_name"
    done | sort -t . -k 3,3n -k 4,4n

You should change the variable network to your own network name.

Hope you learned something from this post.

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