Docker on mac vs linux

Posted by nancy on — 1 min read...

🐳Docker is different on Mac and Linux systems. Docker directly leverages the kernel of the host system on Linux. On the other hand, Mac does not provide a Linux kernel, so Docker runs on a small Linux VM running on a mac. Due to this, there are many differences.

Cannot access container IPs directly

On Linux let's try to inspect a running docker image :

ubuntu@primary:~$ sudo docker ps
a230855dd7d2 httpd "httpd-foreground" 17 seconds ago Up 16 seconds 80/tcp determined_saha
ubuntu@primary:~$ sudo docker inspect determined_saha

Let's curl the IP :

"IPAddress": "",
"IPPrefixLen": 16,
"IPv6Gateway": "",
"GlobalIPv6Address": "",
"GlobalIPv6PrefixLen": 0,
"MacAddress": "02:42:ac:11:00:02",
"DriverOpts": null
ubuntu@primary:~$ curl
<html><body><h1>It works!</h1></body></html>

However on mac when hitting the IP address of the container we get :

➜ curl
curl: (7) Failed to connect to port 80: Operation timed out

Curl times out because the container is running inside the VM and not sharing the network with the mac.

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Nancy Chauhan

Software Engineer

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