from web3 import Web3

web3 = Web3(Web3.IPCProvider("/Ethereum/geth.ipc"))
print(f'IPC connected: {web3.isConnected()}')  # want to return True

I have the above script Dockerized and I'm trying to connect to geth.ipc on local host and I can't seem to connect to it.

Here is how I run Docker:

docker run --mount type=bind,source=$HOME/Library/Ethereum,target=/Ethereum container1

I've verified that geth.ipc exists in /Ethereum directory but cannot seem to connect to it. Is there a way to do it?

The question might be related to this and here is my original question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/52715141/how-to-make-a-docker-container-talk-to-geth-on-local-host


3 Answers 3


If you mount the folder containing the IPC file rather than the file directly it will work.

  • Can permission cause a problem ? I.e. will the user that is running docker instance, have access to socket created by user on localhost ? Dec 5, 2018 at 14:46
  • If you mount it via -v flag then there shouldn't be any permission issues.
    – Daniel
    Dec 5, 2018 at 15:43

Use host.docker.internal

This works on Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows.

If you're on Linux, things get more complex. Please take a look at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24319662/from-inside-of-a-docker-container-how-do-i-connect-to-the-localhost-of-the-mach

  • 1
    This approach doesn't seem to work. I'll submit an issue with geth
    – Eric
    Oct 14, 2018 at 19:23

geth.ipc represent an "Unix Domain Socket".

This article has steps to expose suck a socket to docker container.


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