I'm trying to get PiHole to run in a docker on my raspberry pi 4. For some reason I'm unable to solve an issue with lighttpd.


    container_name: pihole
    image: pihole/pihole:latest
    network_mode: host
      TZ: 'Europe/Amsterdam'
      WEBPASSWORD: 'helloW0rld' # temporary
       - './etc-pihole/:/etc/pihole/'
       - './etc-dnsmasq.d/:/etc/dnsmasq.d/'
    # Recommended but not required (DHCP needs NET_ADMIN)
    #   https://github.com/pi-hole/docker-pi-hole#note-on-capabilities
      - NET_ADMIN
    restart: unless-stopped


docker-compose up -d pihole; docker-compose logs -tf --tail="50" pihole

Provides a returning error such as below:

pihole           | 2020-02-17T18:43:24.256524171Z Starting lighttpd
pihole           | 2020-02-17T18:43:24.364843550Z 2020-02-17 19:43:24: (network.c.464) can't bind to port: 80 Address already in use 
pihole           | 2020-02-17T18:43:24.382772710Z Stopping lighttpd
pihole           | 2020-02-17T18:43:24.389610163Z lighttpd: no process found

I've added SERVERIP already as environment variable as suggested in this issue tracker but it doesn't make any difference as without adding this variable.

  • "Can't bind to port, address already in use" means something is listening on the HTTP port already, which is a bit odd if that's a single purpose container.
    – goldilocks
    Feb 17 '20 at 19:42
  • My thoughts exactly
    – Casper
    Feb 17 '20 at 20:56
  • 1
    You need to be root (or have CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE) to listen on ports <1024. Could it be related to that?
    – Mark Smith
    Feb 17 '20 at 21:06
  • I'm not a docker expert but I would expect the setup of the container to be executed as root.
    – Casper
    Feb 17 '20 at 21:11
  • Not necessarily, as that is not automatically desirable. You should try starting it docker run --cap-add=NET_ADMIN. But I don't think this will throw "address in use", it will throw "permission denied".
    – goldilocks
    Feb 18 '20 at 12:31

It seems like the issue was caused by capitalizing SERVERIP while I should've been using ServerIP. Changing the capitalization allowed me to access the web interface again.

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