How to fix DNS Internal Resolution inside the Nginx docker container

Emmanuel Gautier / November 19, 2022

1 min read

Sometimes, errors with Docker and some containers can become cryptic when it is about networking. Today, it was Nginx that was not able to reach another container. Here is the docker-compose used:

version: '3'

    container_name: containername
      - intranet

    image: nginx:1
      - "8080:8080"
      - ./.docker/nginx/conf.d:/etc/nginx/conf.d
      - intranet


And the Nginx configuration used:

server {
    listen       8080;
    listen  [::]:8080;
    server_name  localhost;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://containername:3000;

Even after defining a container name and ensuring that the two containers can communicate inside the same docker network, Nginx continues throwing the following error: no resolver defined to resolve container_name

Thanks for this Stack Overflow answer for helping me figure out what was the root cause. The problem is that Nginx's default behavior is not to make a DNS resolution with Docker's internal DNS so he can not resolve a container by name. To fix this issue, you need to make possible the resolution with the Docker internal DNS. Just add this line in the Nginx configuration and you should be OK:

http {

Hope this quick post helps you fix a similar issue.


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