Docker Compose with Nginx Proxy refuses connections from containers in the environment

I have a docker-compose file that uses the jwilder/nginx-proxy to provide ssl for the Artifactory image I have running.

Everything works fine from connections outside the compose environment’s containers. So my browser can load the Artifactory web app just fine and it’s ssl encrypted, and all of the API’s work fine from command line tools.

The problem is that if I’m inside one of the containers in the environment, I can ping the other containers in the environment, but if I attempt to load a page from the Artifactory container, I get errors saying the connection is refused.

Here is my compose file:

version: '3'

    image: jwilder/nginx-proxy
    container_name: nginx-proxy
      - "80:80"
      - "443:443"
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock:ro
      - ./assets/certs:/etc/nginx/certs
      - artifactory

      - artifactory5_data:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory
      - VIRTUAL_HOST=artifactory.test
      - VIRTUAL_PORT=8081
      - node

      context: ./nodes
      dockerfile: Dockerfile


The Dockerfile that builds node is just an instance of puppet/puppet-agent-ubuntu with an entry point script that loops puppet runs to keep the container open.

The command I use to start the environment is:

docker-compose --project-name preso up -d --scale node=3                                                                                                      
Creating network "preso_default" with the default driver
Creating preso_node_1 ... done
Creating preso_node_2 ... done
Creating preso_node_3 ... done
Creating preso_artifactory_1 ... done
Creating nginx-proxy         ... done

docker ps --all --no-trunc
CONTAINER ID                                                       IMAGE                                            COMMAND                                       CREATED             STATUS                  PORTS                                      NAMES
d390506f4149b6f386376f94dad1c2d34cce11d869b2033e72646856c5f9a47b   jwilder/nginx-proxy                              "/app/ forego start -r"   45 seconds ago      Up 43 seconds >80/tcp,>443/tcp   nginx-proxy
1695bc05d4bd1ea0c08ec82b636ce5847649f9aa8b48814d44d5986c8577f29d   "/"                  46 seconds ago      Up 43 seconds           8081/tcp                                   preso_artifactory_1
291965e80148f4670b32ef0bded891c79ef361161d3860fd33707f4805d004f0   preso_node                                       "/bin/bash /"                    47 seconds ago      Up 44 seconds                                                      preso_node_3
d81f4e2a22b5d8e56e8764029f5ae0b0666e353937a70c825cce1a2c5d2d1f3a   preso_node                                       "/bin/bash /"                    47 seconds ago      Up 44 seconds                                                      preso_node_2
b64038d2c3ca32939686eb2cc9324cc5e935df5445570a8746d80c527b3fe95d   preso_node                                       "/bin/bash /"                    47 seconds ago      Up 44 seconds                                                      preso_node_1

Artifactory loads fine from a command line on my local machine and in the browser, but from bash inside one of the node containers I get:

curl --insecure https://artifactory.test/artifactory
curl: (7) Failed to connect to artifactory.test port 443: Connection refused

A ping gets me:

Pinging artifactory.test [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=0ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time=0ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time=0ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time=0ms TTL=128

Source: StackOverflow