Using WP-CLI to Access MySQL Running in A LAMP Docker Container

WP-CLI is a great command line tool to help you manage WordPress.

I had trouble figuring out how to use WP-CLI to access a MySQL database that was running in a Docker container. I’m running a Docker LAMP instance locally using this set of Docker and Docker-Compose files from sprintcube.

The MySQL instance holding my local WordPress database is running in a Docker container. However, my WordPress core files are located located in a directory on the host’s physical hard drive defined as a Docker volume.

The trick is defining your DB_HOST environment value to be the IP address of your MySQL Docker container. You can do this either explicitly by the command line or in your WP configuration files (for a typical install in your wp-config.php file, in a bedrock install in your .env files).

Getting the IP Address of the MySQL Docker Container

You can find the IP address of your docker container by executing the following command:

Get your container name:

From this, I see that the Mysql container name is “lamp-database”.

Define DB_HOST Environmental Variable

Execute the following command substituting CONTAINER-NAME with your database container:

Define the Path to Your WordPress Install in Your WP-CLI Configuration Files

Create wp-cli.yml file in the directory you will be using WP or, alternatively create ~/.wp-cli/config.yml

The local alias should point to the WordPress file on your Docker volume as shown in this example:

To backup your WordPress database just type:

Note that this method is intended to be used for a LAMP Docker install with the WordPress files being simply installed in the document root kept in a defined volume on the host’s physical drive and WP-CLI installed on the physical docker host.

If you are using a WordPress container to run WordPress and/or WP-CLI, then you most likely want to use the ssh tag in wp-cli.yml. See the WP-CLI documentation regarding the ssh tag and brief discussion of the Docker scheme.

Dunzip – Download and Unzip in Linux With One Command

Tired of downloading zip or tar files, decompressing, and then having to delete the compressed file ?

Do it all in one step with this Tip

  1. Copy and paste this function into your .bashrc (or in my case as I used .zsh, .zshrc):

  2. Then type the following in your terminal:

    If you are using zsh, substitute “.zshrc” for .bashrc.

Works for zip and gzipped tar files.


For details on this command see this stack exchange answer to How to redirect output of wget as input to unzip? by ruario.

Regarding functions and how to use them see with arguments see Make a Bash alias that takes a parameter?.