Connect to local MySQL from Docker Container

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You’re running a docker web app and it connects fine to the IP address you specified on a shared database server, but you can’t connect to MySQL running on your workstation hosting the container.

How do you connect to your local machine’s instance of MySQL?


In this example, we’re doing dev coding on our local machine while running the container.

The container thinks localhost or is itself.

So, simply use “host.docker.internal”, which will map to your local machine’s IP address.

If you’re using a variable in a .env file, it would something like


Don’t forget to give MySQL permissions to that user to connect from a remote host.

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