docker-network-create - create a new network
docker network create
Creates a new network. The DRIVER accepts bridge or overlay which are the
built-in network drivers. If you have installed a third party or your own custom
network driver you can specify that DRIVER here also. If you don't specify the
--driver option, the command automatically creates a bridge network for you.
When you install Docker Engine it creates a bridge network automatically. This
network corresponds to the docker0 bridge that Engine has traditionally relied
on. When launch a new container with docker run it automatically connects to
this bridge network. You cannot remove this default bridge network but you can
create new ones using the network create command.
$ docker network create -d bridge my-bridge-network
Bridge networks are isolated networks on a single Engine installation. If you want to create a network that spans multiple Docker hosts each running an Engine, you must create an overlay network. Unlike bridge networks overlay networks require some pre-existing conditions before you can create one. These conditions are:
- Access to a key-value store. Engine supports Consul, Etcd, and Zookeeper (Distributed store) key-value stores.
- A cluster of hosts with connectivity to the key-value store.
A properly configured Engine daemon on each host in the cluster.
The docker daemon options that support the overlay network are:
To read more about these options and how to configure them, see
It is also a good idea, though not required, that you install Docker Swarm on to
manage the cluster that makes up your network. Swarm provides sophisticated
discovery and server management that can assist your implementation.
Once you have prepared the overlay network prerequisites you simply choose a
Docker host in the cluster and issue the following to create the network:
$ docker network create -d overlay my-multihost-network
Network names must be unique. The Docker daemon attempts to identify naming
conflicts but this is not guaranteed. It is the user's responsibility to avoid
When you start a container use the --net flag to connect it to a network.
This adds the busybox container to the mynet network.
$ docker run -itd --net=mynet busybox
If you want to add a container to a network after the container is already
running use the docker network connect subcommand.
You can connect multiple containers to the same network. Once connected, the
containers can communicate using only another container's IP address or name.
For overlay networks or custom plugins that support multi-host connectivity,
containers connected to the same multi-host network but launched from different
Engines can also communicate in this way.
You can disconnect a container from a network using the docker network
Specifying advanced options
When you create a network, Engine creates a non-overlapping subnetwork for the
network by default. This subnetwork is not a subdivision of an existing network.
It is purely for ip-addressing purposes. You can override this default and
specify subnetwork values directly using the --subnet option. On a
bridge network you can only create a single subnet:
docker network create -d bridge --subnet=192.168.0.0/16 br0
Additionally, you also specify the --gateway --ip-range and --aux-address options.
network create --driver=bridge --subnet=172.28.0.0/16 --ip-range=172.28.5.0/24 --gateway=172.28.5.254 br0
If you omit the --gateway flag the Engine selects one for you from inside a
preferred pool. For overlay networks and for network driver plugins that
support it you can create multiple subnetworks.
docker network create -d overlay --subnet=192.168.0.0/16 --subnet=22.214.171.124/16 --gateway=192.168.0.100 --gateway=126.96.36.199 --ip-range=192.168.1.0/24 --aux-address a=192.168.1.5 --aux-address b=192.168.1.6 --aux-address a=188.8.131.52 --aux-address b=184.108.40.206 my-multihost-network
Be sure that your subnetworks do not overlap. If they do, the network create fails and Engine returns an error.
Network internal mode
By default, when you connect a container to an overlay network, Docker also connects a bridge network to it to provide external connectivity.
If you want to create an externally isolated overlay network, you can specify the --internal option.
Auxiliary ipv4 or ipv6 addresses used by network driver
Driver to manage the Network bridge or overlay. The default is bridge.
ipv4 or ipv6 Gateway for the master subnet
Restricts external access to the network
Allocate container ip from a sub-range
IP Address Management Driver
Set custom IPAM driver options
Enable IPv6 networking
Set metadata for a network
Set custom driver options
Subnet in CIDR format that represents a network segment
OCT 2015, created by Mary Anthony [la]email@example.com[ra]