HostConfig object

The Docker Remote API introduced support for HostConfig in version 1.15. This object contains all the parameters you could previously pass to Client.start. It is highly recommended that users pass the HostConfig in the host_config param of Client.create_container instead of 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 or any name that identifies an existing Docker network).

restart_policy is available since v1.2.0 and sets the container's RestartPolicy which defines the conditions under which a container should be restarted upon exit. If no RestartPolicy is defined, the container will not be restarted when it exits. The RestartPolicy is specified as a dict. For example, if the container should always be restarted:

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

It is possible to restart the container only on failure as well as limit the 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:



  • 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
  • oom_kill_disable (bool): Whether to disable OOM killer
  • 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
  • ipc_mode (str): Set the IPC mode for the container
  • security_opt (list): A list of string values to customize labels for MLS systems, such as SELinux.
  • ulimits (list): A list of dicts or docker.utils.Ulimit objects. A list of ulimits to be set in the container.
  • log_config (docker.utils.LogConfig or dict): Logging configuration to container
  • mem_limit (str or int): Maximum amount of memory container is allowed to consume. (e.g. '1G')
  • memswap_limit (str or int): Maximum amount of memory + swap a container is allowed to consume.
  • mem_swappiness (int): Tune a container's memory swappiness behavior. Accepts number between 0 and 100.
  • shm_size (str or int): Size of /dev/shm. (e.g. '1G')
  • cpu_group (int): The length of a CPU period in microseconds.
  • cpu_period (int): Microseconds of CPU time that the container can get in a CPU period.
  • group_add (list): List of additional group names and/or IDs that the container process will run as.
  • devices (list): Host device bindings. See host devices for more information.

Returns (dict) HostConfig dictionary

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