Getting MacBook IP address from Multipass + Docker


I’ve just come across Multipass and it looks perfect for what I want to do in terms of setting up a development environment. I’ve tested everything that I already have and it is working perfectly, BUT with one caveat - is there a way to get the host IP address from either within the docker containers running in Multipass, or failing that from within the Multipass VM itself?

The scenario is, I have a number of web server and FPM containers running in the Multipass VM and these work fine, everything seems okay at the moment. What I want to do though is have those containers connect to a MySQL server running on the host (in this case my MacBook Pro). So, visually - this is what I need…

Docker Container -> Guest (MP VM) -> Host [MacBook] (this is the IP address I want)

Failing that, is there any way that I can route a request from the container through the MP VM to the Mac for port 3306?

I can build the DB as a container yes, and that would probably work fine but I want to maintain the DB on my MacBook so I can use it any time sometimes without bothering to spin up the VMs etc

In short, I guess it boils down to what IP address do I need to use so that the Guest machine (and / or Docker containers running therein) can connect to the Host machine. The reverse works fine of course and I can connect to Portainer fine, and the web servers running inside the docker containers etc - I just need communication between the Guest and the Host to now work fine

Is this something I need to change in the set up of the MP VM?

Thanks in advance for any help :slight_smile:

Gah - isn’t it always the way that as soon as you ask a question you manage to find the answer!

In case anyone else is wondering, this is what I did…

multipass exec docker -- ip route                        
default via dev enp0s1 proto dhcp src metric 100 dev docker0 proto kernel scope link src dev enp0s1 proto kernel scope link src metric 100 dev enp0s1 proto dhcp scope link src metric 100 

That gave me the IP address which I checked with a curl to that IP + 3306 as a port and received a “http not allowed” response, so knew that was probably my local DB server

Updated configs in the applications and now works fine

Just in case anyone else needed that information :slight_smile: