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NuGet restore failing in Docker Container

I was tempted to write about this before, but I didn’t as there is already a very good, highly rated stack overflow answer with the solution. However, I’m just reinstalling Docker desktop and getting things working again and I wish I had written this stuff down as I’ve forgotten it. One of the many reasons to write blog posts is to fix stuff in my memory and as my own personal development notes. So in that spirit…

The Problem

We have a very simple .Net Core MVC solution.

It has the following NuGet packages

Install-Package NugetSample.NugetDemo.Demo -Version 1.0.0
Install-Package bootstrap -Version 4.5.0

With this DockerFile to containerise it

FROM AS base

COPY ["Template.Web.csproj", "Template.Web/"]
RUN dotnet restore "Template.Web/Template.Web.csproj"
COPY . .
WORKDIR "/src/Template.Web"
RUN dotnet build "Template.Web.csproj" -c Release -o /app

FROM build AS publish
RUN dotnet publish "Template.Web.csproj" -c Release -o /app

FROM base AS final
COPY --from=publish /app .
ENTRYPOINT ["dotnet", "Template.Web.dll"]

We go to the directory with the DockerFile and try to build it into a container with

docker build .

It fails on the dotnet restore step like so …

i.e. with this error

C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\3.1.302\NuGet.targets(128,5): error : Unable to load the service index for source [C:\src\Template.Web\Template.Web.csproj]
C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\3.1.302\NuGet.targets(128,5): error :   No such host is known. [C:\src\Template.Web\Template.Web.csproj]
The command 'cmd /S /C dotnet restore "Template.Web/Template.Web.csproj"' returned a non-zero code: 1

NuGet is failing us

The Cause

The container doesn’t have connectivity to the internet so can’t get bring down the packages. We can see this clearly by building this very very simple docker file

RUN ping

The ping fails. The host (my development machine) does have internet access – I would have noticed if that had gone down and I would be hysterically ringing Telstra (again). So it’s something specific to the container.

The Resolution

The DNS server is wrong in the container. To fix, hardcode the DNS into Docker i.e. put this JSON

"dns": ["", ""]

into the Docker daemon settings. In Docker Desktop it’s here

And restart the docker service. The container now has internet access, NuGet restore will work and we can now containerise our very simple web application.

Demo Code

As ever, the demo code is on my GitHub site

The very simple application

and its docker file

Docker file for the internet test

Useful Links

This Stack Overflow answer has the resolution to this with a very good explanation. Also it has other (probably better) ways to fix this and resolutions to other Docker network issues that you may face.


  1. Hi Tim,

    I have the same issue,It is failing at nuget restore command with non zero error code.
    tried pinging it doesn’t work though server has internet access and tried to build sample dockerfile which you mentioned it is failed.
    I’ve contacted infra team and told that i am not able to ping but server has internet connectivity.. then they allowed ICMP echo and reply rules and sample build is working now but actual build for my project is not working.

    i tried to change docker engine dns as you said as a last option but i am not able to change.

    Same docker file and same application code is built in other server and it is perfect working.
    I am not sure what is missed in the new server.
    Could you please help.


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