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How to change port mapping of a running docker container

Sometimes, we might have a situation where we have to change the port mappings of a running docker container. So, it is better to know our options. Lets take a look at it with an example scenario where our postgreSQL container was mapped to as following:

shell
$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID IMAGE PORTS NAMES
85261c36bf0e postgres 0.0.0.0:5433->5432/tcp pg-docker

I was looking for a solution where I can just edit the localhost mapping from 5433 to 5432 (which is also the default for postgreSQL).

Anyways, Now we know what we need, let us take a look at the steps to make it happen.

Stop the container

Since the container is busy bound to port 5433 which we want to change, we have to stop the container first as following:

shell
$ docker stop pg-docker
pg-docker

Stop the docker daemon

Docker daemon is the service which keeps tracks of containers and their configurations in short. As we are going to edit container specific configuration file, we need the daemon to be up and running after our changes. Now, stop the docker daemon:

shell
$ sudo systemctl stop docker

Edit the container's hostconfig.json

Docker keeps container configurations in a file called hostconfig.json. You can find the same file using the following pattern:

/var/lib/docker/containers/<container_full_hash_id>/hostconfig.json

Use the following command to quickly get the full hash id of the container: (ofcourse, docker daemon has to be running) $ docker container inspect pg-docker | grep Id "Id": "85261c36bf0e94520012b508f67c7c0c86c0d52953a88f3cad7e06da77b225a0",

Now, we know where to find hostconfig.json file. In order to update the host mapping, we must edit the file and change the "HostPort":"5433" to our desired port mappings.

Once we are done editing the file, lets start the docker daemon and the container respectively.

shell
$ sudo systemctl start docker
docker start pg-docker
pg-docker

If we take a look at our running docker container now, we see the edited port mappings.

shell
$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID IMAGE PORTS NAMES
85261c36bf0e postgres 0.0.0.0:5432->5432/tcp pg-docker

Yay \O/

We have just updated our port mappings keeping all our container configurations!