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network connect

Usage:  docker network connect [OPTIONS] NETWORK CONTAINER

Connect a container to a network

      --alias value           Add network-scoped alias for the container (default [])
      --help                  Print usage
      --ip string             IP Address
      --ip6 string            IPv6 Address
      --link value            Add link to another container (default [])
      --link-local-ip value   Add a link-local address for the container (default [])

Connects a container to a network. You can connect a container by name or by ID. Once connected, the container can communicate with other containers in the same network.

$ docker network connect multi-host-network container1

You can also use the docker run --network=<network-name> option to start a container and immediately connect it to a network.

$ docker run -itd --network=multi-host-network busybox

You can specify the IP address you want to be assigned to the container’s interface.

$ docker network connect --ip multi-host-network container2

You can use --link option to link another container with a preferred alias

$ docker network connect --link container1:c1 multi-host-network container2

--alias option can be used to resolve the container by another name in the network being connected to.

$ docker network connect --alias db --alias mysql multi-host-network container2

You can pause, restart, and stop containers that are connected to a network. Paused containers remain connected and can be revealed by a network inspect. When the container is stopped, it does not appear on the network until you restart it.

If specified, the container’s IP address(es) is reapplied when a stopped container is restarted. If the IP address is no longer available, the container fails to start. One way to guarantee that the IP address is available is to specify an --ip-range when creating the network, and choose the static IP address(es) from outside that range. This ensures that the IP address is not given to another container while this container is not on the network.

$ docker network create --subnet --ip-range multi-host-network
$ docker network connect --ip multi-host-network container2

To verify the container is connected, use the docker network inspect command. Use docker network disconnect to remove a container from the network.

Once connected in network, containers can communicate using only another container’s IP address or name. For overlay networks or custom plugins that support multi-host connectivity, containers connected to the same multi-host network but launched from different Engines can also communicate in this way.

You can connect a container to one or more networks. The networks need not be the same type. For example, you can connect a single container bridge and overlay networks.