3 ways to connect your Dolibarr container to local database

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One of the priorities of a system administrator is the performance optimization of the deployments and the underlying infrastructure. I have a deployed and running mariadb on a linux server. It is optimized for performance and database storage. Now I am planning deploying a dolibarr docker container on top of it.

How can I connect from the dolibarr docker container to the local mariadb database?

There are 3 ways you can connect your container.

Let’s go through them.

1. Use the --net=host option

Important note: this option does not work on Mac OS X. If you are running OS X, jump to the second option.

When you run your docker container, you can pass the option --net=host like this:

docker run --net=host ... tuxgasy/dolibarr

When you use that option, docker uses the hosts network stack for your container. That means that the container will have access to the whole host network stack. The container shares the services and ports available on the host.

Once in that mode the container has direct access to localhost. You can now access localhost:3306.

Note: This configuration does not provide any network isolation to the container.

2. Mount the service socket into the container

The idea here is to use the MariaDb database socket available on the host and mount it into the container.

What is a socket? A socket is one endpoint of a two-way communication link between two programs running on the network. A socket is bound to a port number so that the TCP layer can identify the application that data is destined to be sent to. Source: Oracle docs

On the host, the socket is installed in the directory /var/run/mysqld. We are going to mount that socket into the container.

docker run -v /var/run/mysqld:/mariadb_socket ... tuxgasy/dolibarr

Then, to access the database from the container, connect to the socket located at /mariadb_socket/mysqld.sock

3. Connect to the docker host IP

Docker has a network stack called docker0. The idea in this method is to find the IP address of that network and connect to it.

Start a command prompt and type ip addr

Look for the docker0 network. The IP address looks like

The result on your command line prompt might be different

Docker0 IP address, source:

Now that you have the IP address, you can use it in your docker container by connecting to


We are detailed 3 ways to connect our dolibarr frontend container to the database located into your local server. Let me know in the comments if you have other ways.

If you have local docker images you want to use locally, head to this tutorial. You will be in good hands.

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