Installing MongoDB

Written by PChan on 2017-04-09

MongoDB is a popular, document-oriented NoSQL database that is taught in second semester of Software Development.


We will only be covering Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora in this tutorial. We trust that users of other distros will be able to install MongoDB without much issues.


  • Import the public key for the MongoDB apt repository

    $ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 0C49F3730359A14518585931BC711F9BA15703C6
  • Add the repository url to the list of sources to pull packages from:

    • On Ubuntu 12.04 & 14.04:

      $ echo "deb [ arch=amd64 ] "$(lsb_release -sc)"/mongodb-org/3.4 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-3.4.list
    • On Ubuntu 16.04:

      $ echo "deb [ arch=amd64,arm64 ] "$(lsb_release -sc)"/mongodb-org/3.4 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-3.4.list
    • On Debian 7 & 8:

      $ echo "deb "$(lsb_release -sc)"/mongodb-org/3.4 main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-3.4.list
  • Install MongoDB

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install mongodb-org
  • Start the MongoDB service

    $ sudo service mongodb start


The above step needs to be run each time you boot the machine (should you wish to use mongodb for that session)!

  • Test the connection

    $ mongo
    MongoDB shell version: 3.4.2
    >> //you are now in the mongo shell


  • Add the MongoDB Yum Repository

    • Create and open the file /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo with your favorite text editor (you will need sudo)

      $ sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo
    • Insert the following content

      name=MongoDB Repository
  • Install MongoDB

    $ sudo yum install mongodb-org
  • Start MongoDB

    $ sudo /etc/init.d/mongod restart
    // Configure MongoDB to auto start on boot
    $ sudo chkconfig mongod on
  • Check the connection to the server

    $ mongo
    MongoDB shell version: 3.4.2
    >> //you are now in the mongo shell


  • Install Homebrew if you have not already done so; check the Installing Homebrew guide

  • Update Homebrew’s package list

    $ brew update
  • Install MongoDB

    $ brew install mongodb --with-openssl
  • Configure MongoDB

    $ sudo mkdir -p /data/db
    $ sudo chmod 755 /data/db
    $ sudo chown $(whoami) /data/db
    $ sudo chgrp staff /data/db
  • Run the MongoDB server and try connecting to it

    $ mongod
    $ mongo
    MongoDB shell version: 3.4.2
    >> //you are now in the mongo shell


  • Download the appropriate version for your platform. Not sure? Check here:

  • Extract the contents of the zip file to C:\mongodb and remove everything but the bin folder

    • Right click on the zip file and choose Extract...
    • When you are prompted to choose the destination, enter C:\mongodb
    • Navigate to C:\mongodb and remove everything but the bin folder
  • Read the instructions in the Modifying Windows Path guide and add C:\mongodb\bin to your path

  • Create a MongoDB config file located at: C:\mongodb\mongo.config and add the following:

    ## store data here
    ## all output go here
    ## log read and write operations


The following steps require running command prompt or powershell with administrative privileges. Right click command prompt or powershell and select run as administrator

  • Create the log folder and the database folder

    C:\Users\Username> mkdir C:\mongodb\data
    C:\Users\Username> mkdir C:\mongodb\log
  • Run MongoDB as Windows Service so that it starts up with the system

    C:\Users\Username> mongod --config C:\mongodb\mongo.config --install
  • Start the MongoDB service

    C:\Users\Username> net start mongodb
  • Test the server connection with mongo.exe

    C:\Users\Username> mongo
    MongoDB shell version: 3.4.2
    connecting to: test
    > //you are now in the mongodb shell