Reach host's localhost from inside a vscode devcontainer

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I intend to make this text short:

Imagine you're migrating your application to a vscode devcontainer and it consumes some local services, i.e a database localhost:27017. How do you access this local port from inside your dev container?

If you have one of those dev containers and you're struggling to access your development database running in another container in your machine then you've come to the right place.

First of all enable to run dockers from your container:

In your docker image install docker, follow the appropriate tutorial for your case:

Enable host.docker.internal route

Once you've installed Docker into the image you'll want to access those containers that you used to access from localhost.

At your docker-compose.yml inside your .devcontainer add these lines to your service

# your file should look like this
    # other definitions
      - "host.docker.internal:host-gateway"

This maps your localhost from your machine host to a name host.docker.internal. Now substitute all occurrences of localhost to host.docker.internal and it's done!

So if you've been connecting to your database using localhost:27017 as the conn URL, you'll need to change it to host.docker.internal:27071, for example.

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