Accessing Host from Docker Container

Sometime we need to access the services that are running in the host machine to be accessible from the docker container.  e.g. In on of my project, we needed to connect to the oracle db (port 1521) from inside the container within code.

The default behaviour of containers are, they cant access the host network directly unless the firewall of the host machine allows the network interface of docker to ACCEPT the packets.

So the docker container will communicate with the host machine using the gateway ip. First find the gateway ip inside the container.

Run below command inside the container to get the gateway ip and observer I am not able to connect to port 1521.

[code language=”bash”]

# nc -vz dockerhost 1521

dockerhost [] 1521 (?) : Connection timed out

# ip route | awk ‘/^default via /{print $3}’


Next  task is to get the interface name of the docker network which is binded with the container.  Most of the cases its docker0.

But it can also be customized, so check ifconfig output which matches the inet addr of the container gateway.

[code language=”bash”]

# ifconfig

br-4e83b57c54cf Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 02:42:AF:CD:B5:DA

inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

# ip addr show br-4e83b57c54cf

10: br-4e83b57c54cf: mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP

link/ether 02:42:af:cd:b5:da brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

inet scope global br-4e83b57c54cf

valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever


Here the interface name is : br-4e83b57c54cf

Now add a iptables rule in Linux host:

[code language=”bash”]

iptables -A INPUT -i br-4e83b57c54cf -j ACCEPT


OR with firewalld

[code language=”bash”]
# firewall-cmd –permanent –zone=trusted –change-interface=br-294e81e5ac31
# firewall-cmd –reload


Now try to access the host port from container.

[code language=”bash”]

# nc -vz dockerhost 1521

dockerhost [] 1521 (?) open


There are other ways also available on internet , but I found none of them working.












My MongoDB cheatsheet

Few years ago, I was working on one mongoDB project.Its a NoSQL database , easy to learn and its pure JSON based.

I learned it myself and had created a cheatsheet for it, so I can easily recall it anytime I want. It can help anyone who is interested in learning it quickly.

Thought to share the sheet. It can be found here :




Chef Recipe: Oracle DB 11gR2 EE silent deploy

Chef provides a lot of flexibility and greater choice for infrastructure automation and I prefer it over others.

We should design our recipe in such a way that the our recipes without being modified can be used in any environment by maximizing the use of  attributes.

I was working on a deployment project on Linux x86-64 platform, where I had to automate all the infra components. Oracle 11g R2 EE is one of them. I will share the cookbook  here that can help many other. The recipes written here are used for silent installation of the DB using a response file after pulling the media files from a remote system.

Also the recipes are made idempotent, so that rerunning the cookbook again and again never do any damage. It automatically sets an attribute for DB installed / DB running in chef server after a successful compile -> run of the recipes.

Also the username/passwords are pulled stored and pulled from Encrypted Databag to make it more secure.

Here is the cookbook :

The recipes involved use below steps in sequence :

  1. setupenv.rb (It create the environment that will be used by rest of the recipes)
  2. oradb.rb (It checks the default attributes to fresh install/patch install and go further for any operations)
  3. install_oradb.rb ( Install the oracle database in ideompotent manner and sets the attributes in the server)
  4. create_schema.rb (This is application specific, but I will provide the template that can be modifed)

NOTE : Here create an encryoted databag with below json props  which are accessed inside recipes.

Follow  my other post :


“id”: “apppass”,
“ora_db_passwd”: “dbpass”,
“oracle_pass”: “orapass”


Any issue/suggestion are welcome.