Dynamically get a running container name created by docker-compose

When I run my docker-compose, it creates a web container and postgres container.

I want to manually trigger my Django tests to run, via something like

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    Just use docker-compose exec. It will execute in the already-running container instead of starting a new one.

    docker-compose exec web python manage.py test

    You can assign a name to a container using container_name option on docker-compose.yml file.

    container_name: container_name

    Then, you can easily run commands in that container using.

    docker exec container_name python manage.py test.

    For more information about docker-compose options, visit the official documentation.


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