Let a docker container on a remote VPS access your local port

  • fennng 

I would like to have my docker container on the remote to access my local
machine. This can be done by these two steps:

First, access host port from docker container using a special ip

Docker use docker0’s interface ip to access the remote host port , this ip
can be found using following command

ip addr show docker0 | grep -Po ‘inet \K[\d.]+’

In my case, the ip address

Ping this address from the docker container to test.

Now map a remote host port number to my local pc port number using ssh

ssh -R \*:3636:localhost:3636 -N ssr.dengnz.com -l fennng

After that, my docker container on remote linux should be able to access my
local port using

But it failed.

Then I figured out that the port 3636 is not really bind to *, it’s bind to
localhost only.

netstat -a | grep 3636

Why is that?

After some time of research, I found out that some sshd confire is needed
to bind to *.

sudo vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config

set GatewayPorts yes

It still doesn’t work, I need to reload the ssh config

/etc/init.d/sshd reload

if reload doesn’t work, restart can be helpful

/etc/init.d/sshd restart

Then magic happen.

Now I can access from my docker container on a remote linux VPS to my local
pc using Which is great, it open a new door for your to
debug remote docker container apps.


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