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Firewalld doesn't go well with Docker

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Alesh Lerch
Alesh Lerch
Humble engineer who loves Italian cuisine and self-hosted stuff ✨.
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Firewalld is a great project. It’s a tool to control iptables rules (or the firewall in short). So basically, it’s just a frontend while iptables (or ntftables today) is the backend. And it was made by the Red Hat company, so it’s an open-source project (cool, right?).

Well, while it’s a popular tool today, it has some issues with Docker. So if you are like me and have activated firewalld on the same machine where you host containers using Docker, you might have the same issue as I had.



When I installed and activated firewalld I had a problem – all Docker containers we re not able to connect internet. So any conatiner I tested - I wasn’t able to ping I could access the local network but that was all. Later on when I googled if anyone has the same issue as I had - I found on github very large issue for this problem (and it’s still open at this time). See it for yourself.

So yeah you running docker and firewalld and now all containers aren’t able to connect to internet (in case you are building custom ones this can be great issue).

So how to fix it?


To fix the problem one does need to run these commands on their hosts terminal:

# Masquerading allows for docker ingress and egress (this is the juicy bit)
firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-masquerade --permanent

# Reload firewall to apply permanent rules
firewall-cmd --reload
Important You need to enable masquerading to make this work. It looked like dockerd already did this through iptables, but apparently this needs to be specifically enabled for the firewall zone for iptables masquerading to work.

You can also disable firewalld which does seemed to do the trick, but it’s not prefered method. While inspecting network rules with iptables, By switching to nftables, means that iptables are now an abstraction layer that only shows a small part of the nftables rules. If not all of the firewalld configuration will be applied outside the scope of iptables.


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