HostConfig object

The Docker Remote API introduced support for HostConfig in version 1.15. This object contains all the parameters you can pass to Client.start.

HostConfig helper


Creates a HostConfig dictionary to be used with Client.create_container.

binds allows to bind a directory in the host to the container. See Using volumes for more information.

port_bindings exposes container ports to the host. See Port bindings for more information.

lxc_conf allows to pass LXC configuration options using a dictionary.

privileged starts the container in privileged mode.

Links can be specified with the links argument. They can either be specified as a dictionary mapping name to alias or as a list of (name, alias) tuples.

dns and volumes_from are only available if they are used with version v1.10 of docker remote API. Otherwise they are ignored.

network_mode is available since v1.11 and sets the Network mode for the container ('bridge': creates a new network stack for the container on the Docker bridge, 'none': no networking for this container, 'container:[name|id]': reuses another container network stack), 'host': use the host network stack inside the container.

restart_policy is available since v1.2.0 and sets the RestartPolicy for how a container should or should not be restarted on exit. By default the policy is set to no meaning do not restart the container when it exits. The user may specify the restart policy as a dictionary for example:

    "MaximumRetryCount": 0,
    "Name": "always"

For always restarting the container on exit or can specify to restart the container to restart on failure and can limit number of restarts. For example:

    "MaximumRetryCount": 5,
    "Name": "on-failure"

cap_add and cap_drop are available since v1.2.0 and can be used to add or drop certain capabilities. The user may specify the capabilities as an array for example:



  • container (str): The container to start
  • binds: Volumes to bind. See Using volumes for more information.
  • port_bindings (dict): Port bindings. See Port bindings for more information.
  • lxc_conf (dict): LXC config
  • publish_all_ports (bool): Whether to publish all ports to the host
  • links (dict or list of tuples): either as a dictionary mapping name to alias or as a list of (name, alias) tuples
  • privileged (bool): Give extended privileges to this container
  • dns (list): Set custom DNS servers
  • dns_search (list): DNS search domains
  • volumes_from (str or list): List of container names or Ids to get volumes from. Optionally a single string joining container id's with commas
  • network_mode (str): One of ['bridge', None, 'container:<name|id>', 'host']
  • restart_policy (dict): "Name" param must be one of ['on-failure', 'always']
  • cap_add (list of str): Add kernel capabilities
  • cap_drop (list of str): Drop kernel capabilities
  • extra_hosts (dict): custom host-to-IP mappings (host:ip)
  • read_only (bool): mount the container's root filesystem as read only
  • pid_mode (str): if set to "host", use the host PID namespace inside the container

Returns (dict) HostConfig dictionary

>>> from docker.utils import create_host_config
>>> create_host_config(privileged=True, cap_drop=['MKNOD'], volumes_from=['nostalgic_newton'])
{'CapDrop': ['MKNOD'], 'LxcConf': None, 'Privileged': True, 'VolumesFrom': ['nostalgic_newton'], 'PublishAllPorts': False}