Docker on mac vs linux
🐳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 psCONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMESa230855dd7d2 httpd "httpd-foreground" 17 seconds ago Up 16 seconds 80/tcp determined_sahaubuntu@primary:~$ sudo docker inspect determined_saha
Let's curl the IP :
"IPAddress": "172.17.0.2","IPPrefixLen": 16,"IPv6Gateway": "","GlobalIPv6Address": "","GlobalIPv6PrefixLen": 0,"MacAddress": "02:42:ac:11:00:02","DriverOpts": null}}}}]ubuntu@primary:~$ curl 172.17.0.2<html><body><h1>It works!</h1></body></html>
However on mac when hitting the IP address of the container we get :
➜ curl 172.17.0.3curl: (7) Failed to connect to 172.17.0.3 port 80: Operation timed out
Curl times out because the container is running inside the VM and not sharing the network with the mac.