When doing work with Windows Docker containers, you'll quickly realize that you can't use localhost to access the container like you can with Linux containers. This puts you in a situation where you need to know the IP address of your running containers.

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Finding the IP of your containers is easy enough:

# To get the list of container ids
docker ps

# To get the IP address of a container
docker inspect -f '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' container_name_or_id

But that's a bit of work and I found myself landing on this Stackoverflow answer multiple times per day.

To solve the problem, I've created a Powershell function that lists the IP address and name of all running containers. So that when I type dip (docker ip) in a Powershell window, I get:

PS C:\Users\jgraham> dip - registry.name/db:5.2 - registry.name/api:5.2 - registry.name/client:5.2

To add the function to your Powershell profile for easy use run:

notepad $profile

A notepad window will pop up. Add the following function to that file and save.

Function global:dip {,@(docker ps --quiet) | %{&docker inspect --format '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}} - {{ .Config.Image }}' $_}}

Open a fresh Powershell window and you should see some results when you type dip (given you have running containers).