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#Tip Use local Azure Storage emulator in Remote Containers

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I LOVE Remote Development Extensions for Visual Studio Code. It allows me to simply pack all my technical stack in one docker container, while getting me everything I need to run and debug things.

Everything, this includes localhost, right?

Ehmm.. that depends! This morning, I was doing different things with Azure Functions SDK for 25 days of serverless, and for that I needed to access the local Azure Storage Emulator, the one on my local machine - not within a Docker container.

How can I possibly access local resources - who are neither on Internet or within another container - from a container?

3 magic words

host.docker.internal. That’s all you need within your container to access your “real” localhost, and everything hosted on it. Like my Azure Storage Emulator :). With that bit of magic, I was able to replace the usuel local connection string UseDevelopmentStorage=true; by the following :


Et voilà! I’m now able to use the benefits of Remote Containers development while using all my local hosted tools, including the Azure Storage Emulator :)


For attribution, please cite this work as

Maneu (2019, December 9). maneu.net: #Tip Use local Azure Storage emulator in Remote Containers. Retrieved from https://www.maneu.net/dev/use-local-storage-emulator-remote-container/

BibTeX citation
@misc{ use-local-storage-emulator-remote-container,
 author = {Maneu, Christopher},
 title = { #Tip Use local Azure Storage emulator in Remote Containers },
 url = { https://www.maneu.net/dev/use-local-storage-emulator-remote-container/ },
 year = { 2019 }