How to get ip and port in one docker container form other one with environment variables?

I use Docker-Compose.

Some time ago i used this code. Nginx used ip and port from environment variables like this “API_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR” “API_PORT_5432_TCP_PORT”.

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    Thank you.

    version: '3.0'
        services:
          ubuntubase:
            build: ./ubuntu-base 
          backend:
              build: ./backend
              links:
                  - postgresql:db
              expose:
                  - "6060"
              depends_on:
                  - ubuntubase
                  - postgresql
          nginxreverseproxy:
              build: ./nginx-reverse-proxy
              expose:
                  - "80"
                  - "443"
              links:
                  - backend:api
              ports:
                  - "80:80"
              volumes:
                  - ./logs/:/var/log/nginx/
              depends_on:
                  - ubuntubase
                  - backend
    
    
          postgresql:
            restart: always
            image: sameersbn/postgresql:9.6-2
            expose:
              - "5432"
            depends_on:
                - ubuntubase
            environment:
              - DEBUG=false
              - DB_USER=...
              - DB_PASS=...
              - DB_NAME=...  
            volumes:
              - /srv/docker/postgresql:/var/lib/postgresql
    

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    links does not work via environment variables. It works by exposing the service’s name as if it were a DNS hostname. So in your example, your “nginxreverseproxy” service can connect to the “backend” service by using the hostname “api”.

    By default, these links use the name of the service, i.e. if you had specified:

    links:
      - backend
    

    Then you would connect to “backend”. If you supply another name (as you did with “api”) then that name is exposed as an alias instead.

    However this does not communicate the port. If you want to use a non-default port, you will probably have to set an environment variable yourself, and then tell your service to use it.

    For example, your “backend” exposes port 6060. If your “nginxreverseproxy” does not know that, you can tell it with an environment variable.

    nginxreverseproxy:
      environment:
        - BACKEND_PORT=6060
    

    And then tell the nginx service to use that environment variable, plus the hostname “api”, to connect.

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