I have docker installed on CentOS 7 and I am running firewallD.

From inside my container, going to the host (default

With firewall on

container# nc -v  4243
nc: connect to port 4243 (tcp) failed: No route to host

with firewall shutdown

container# nc -v  4243
Connection to 4243 port [tcp/*] succeeded!

I've read the docs on firewalld and I don't fully understand them. Is there a way to simply allow everything in a docker container (I guess on the docker0 adapter) unrestricted access to the host?

  • I have found a really nice answer here.
    – Pathros
    Mar 25, 2020 at 20:33

7 Answers 7


Maybe better than earlier answer;

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=trusted --change-interface=docker0
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=trusted --add-port=4243/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload
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    I believe the add-port is superfluous. If docker0 is marked trusted, that port will be let through anyway. Jan 19, 2016 at 14:11
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    @MattHughes It worked for me without the add-port. You also need to restart docker.
    – rdupz
    May 11, 2016 at 11:57
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    Worked after firewalld restart, not docker
    – cybersoft
    Apr 14, 2019 at 18:48
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    This induced Error creating default "bridge" network: Failed to program NAT chain: ZONE_CONFLICT: 'docker0' already bound to a zone for me, even after a full reboot Jan 28, 2021 at 0:48
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    @Hassan No; this whole thing is a nightmare to me. I've switched to an external firewall because of it. I think that we may just be screwed until #461 is resolved. Apr 13, 2021 at 22:52

Theses commands did the trick:

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=trusted --add-interface=docker0
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=trusted --add-port=4243/tcp

One reason the accepted solution works for some people but not for others lies in a design issue of firewalld. Firewalld only processes the first matching zone for any connections. It also processes zones based on IP address before zones based on interfaces. As long as any of your zones happens to include the IP addresses docker is using, the ACCEPT rule in the trusted zone will never get processed.

To verify this, you can look at the generated iptables rules unless you are using the nbt backend:

iptables -vnL | less

The solution is to use a firewalld direct rule instead of the trusted zone. Direct rules are always processed first. For example, for port 3306 (i.e., mysqld on the local host), you'd need this rule:

/bin/firewall-cmd --direct --permanent --add-rule ipv4 filter INPUT 10 -p tcp --dport 3306 -i docker0 -j ACCEPT

If you repeat the same command without the --permanent switch, firewalld will make the change on the fly for you, and you should not need to restart docker.

A second reason is that, depending on the version of docker and the networking you configured, traffic may not actually flow across the docker0 interface, but through a separate bridge interface. You can see that interface with the command

ip address show

You will have to repeat the direct-rule statement above with this bridge interface.

You can also specify your own network in docker. This post describes the process: https://serverfault.com/questions/885470/how-to-configure-firewall-on-user-defined-docker-bridge

The short version is that you specify the networks section in a docker-file, like this:

version: '3'
      com.docker.network.bridge.name: mynetwork_name

You can also do this on the command line.


I had problems with this as well; this did the trick for me:

firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-masquerade --permanent

From: https://serverfault.com/questions/987686/no-network-connectivity-to-from-docker-ce-container-on-centos-8

  • Are you sure that’s enough? The answer to the question you linked to has a few more steps. Jun 8, 2020 at 20:11
  • This fix worked for my case too Jul 22, 2020 at 16:46
  • Thanks, this worked for me as well.
    – lrsp
    Oct 26, 2020 at 18:30

Unfortunately, none of above solutions worked for me, one container was still not able to access another container.

Solution: disable firewalld

While I understand this is really bad, it actually works and the risks of disabled firewall can be mitigated my configuring iptables in the way you need.

sudo systemctl stop firewalld
sudo systemctl disable firewalld

Restarting docker is not needed, but just in case: sudo systemctl restart docker

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    By disabling the firewall temporarily I could determine that the firewall was the problem for sure.
    – Bart Weber
    Jun 8, 2020 at 18:35

the following allowed docker to access the internet on CentOS 7 with firewalld

firewall-cmd --permanent --direct --add-rule ipv4 filter INPUT 4 -i docker0 -j ACCEPT
firewall-cmd --reload
systemctl restart docker

I encountered the same issue, but putting docker0 in the Trusted Zone didn't work since the traffic wasn't coming from docker0. I actually had two docker related connections.

5: docker0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state DOWN group default 
    link/ether 02:42:f1:89:6d:6a brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global docker0

6: br-2800c2ad17b6: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP group default 
    link/ether 02:42:8a:7d:85:d5 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global br-2800c2ad17b6

And inside the docker traffic was going over the bridge.

root@54b617929073:/# ip route show
default via dev eth0 dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src 

Once I put br-2800c2ad17b6 in the trusted zone I was able to connect to the host.

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