This is an experimental setting.
Network settings can be enabled or disabled from this view. Users have the initial option of enabling
socket-vmnet which will allow for adding another guest IP that is accessible from the host and other guests. The enabled option also provides
vmnet framework support for QEMU and does not depend on VDE.
When using the
vmnet framework with Rancher Desktop, the macOS component
mDNSResponder will automatically start and make use of your machine's port
53. The port is used to get a routable IP address for the virtual machine running the application's container engine.
If you need access to port
53, or do not wish to make use of routable IP adresses, then you can achieve this by disabling
Administrative Access from the Preferences dialog. Using
vmnet requires starting a daemon via
sudo, and with administrative access removed this will free port
53 from the
Please note that with
Administrative Access disabled, Rancher Desktop will no longer be able to create the Docker socket in the default location at
/var/run/docker.sock. Instead, the application will create a
docker context called
rancher-desktop and switch to it automatically. Please be aware of this in the event you are running software that expects the default location and may not know about