I have a docker-compose setup with a bunch of backend services (postgres, redis, ...), a few apps (rails, node, ...) and an nginx on top of it.

The apps are connected to the databases using docker env variables (e.g. DOCKERCOMPOSEDEMO_POSTGRES_1_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR), and the nginx is connected to the apps using the docker generated /etc/hosts: (e.g. upstream nodeapp1-upstream { server dockercomposedemo_node_app1_1:3000; })

The problem is that each time I restart some service it gets a new IP address, and thus everything on top of it can't connect to it any more, so restarting a rails app requires to restart nginx, and restarting a database requires to restart the apps and the nginx.

Am I doing somethings wrong, or is it the intended behaviour? Always restarting all that stuff doesn't look like a good solution.

Thank you

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ISanych On Best Solutions

It is an intended behaviour, there are many ways how to avoid restart of dependent services, I'm using next approach:

I run most of my dockerized services tied to own static ips using the next approach:

  1. I create ip aliases for all services on docker host
  2. Then I run each service redirecting ports from this ip into container so each service have own static ip which could be used by external users and other containers.


docker run --name dns --restart=always -d -p dns
docker run --name registry --restart=always -d -p registry
docker run --name cache --restart=always -d -p -v /data/cache:/var/cache/apt-cacher-ng cache
docker run --name mirror --restart=always -d -p -v /data/mirror:/usr/share/nginx/html:ro mirror