Accessing Docker for Mac via Remote Access API

I’ve been recently experimenting with Docker and I would like to be able to access Docker from within a container in order to run more containers. As I’m experimenting with the platform, I’m running it locally on my Mac, and I am unsure how I would enable the Docker Daemon to be accessed from inside a container.

In order to access the daemon locally, I use the UNIX socket /var/run/docker.sock, however UNIX sockets are not able to be networked, and so I found an article explaining how to enable the Docker Remote Access REST API on Ubuntu ( It explained how I needed to append DOCKER_OPTS='-H tcp:// -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock' to the file /etc/init/docker.conf, however I have been unable to find this file on my Mac.

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    You need to set a DOCKER_HOST environment variable:

    export DOCKER_HOST='-H unix:///var/run/docker.sock -H tcp://localhost:2376'

    You can create a environment.plist file in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ to do that at system startup:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
    <plist version="1.0">
    launchctl setenv DOCKER_HOST -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock -H tcp://localhost:2376
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