Link environment variables (superseded)

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Note: Environment variables are no longer the recommended method for connecting to linked services. Instead, you should use the link name (by default, the name of the linked service) as the hostname to connect to. See the docker-compose.yml documentation for details.

Environment variables will only be populated if you’re using the legacy version 1 Compose file format.

Compose uses Docker links to expose services’ containers to one another. Each linked container injects a set of environment variables, each of which begins with the uppercase name of the container.

To see what environment variables are available to a service, run docker-compose run SERVICE env.

name_PORT
Full URL, e.g. DB_PORT=tcp://172.17.0.5:5432

name_PORT_num_protocol
Full URL, e.g. DB_PORT_5432_TCP=tcp://172.17.0.5:5432

name_PORT_num_protocol_ADDR
Container’s IP address, e.g. DB_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR=172.17.0.5

name_PORT_num_protocol_PORT
Exposed port number, e.g. DB_PORT_5432_TCP_PORT=5432

name_PORT_num_protocol_PROTO
Protocol (tcp or udp), e.g. DB_PORT_5432_TCP_PROTO=tcp

name_NAME
Fully qualified container name, e.g. DB_1_NAME=/myapp_web_1/myapp_db_1

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