Quick start to MongoDB for windows users

Hi There ..

If you are seeking the simple and direct to the point steps to install and configure MongoDB in your Windows Operating System of interest .. i advice to read this post to the end.
Farther in this post we covering these points.

1. Download the Package of interest from MongoDB Official Website and Install it.
2. Configuring MongoDB.
3. Create Windows Service to Run MongoDB service with startup.
4. Securing MongoDB with Admin User.
5. Enable Remote Connection to MongoDB Server.
6. Listing some MongoDB Management Studios.


1. Go to MongoDB page and download the proper version for you, they have (Windows Server 2008 R2 + and Windows 64, 32-bit) so this should cover all your needs if you are running Server or Client Windows.

Install MongoDB and go through the Wizard, its very straight forward and asking for nothing, so just NEXT to the end.

By finishing to here you can check you “Program mongofoldersfiles” folder and locate the MongoDB folder. open the folder you should find the contents as shown in the image.

2. Now we will start configuring MongoDB;

2.0. Run the Command Prompt as administrator.

2.1. Copy and Paste the following Command to Create DB folder to save your data.

mkdir c:\data\db
//this will create DataBase folder on the path c:\\data, and indeed you can change it

2.2. Create Log Folder

mkdir c:\data\log
//this will create Logfolder on the path c:\\data, and indeed you can change it

2.3. Copy the Created two folders Paths to the configurations file, this will be used farther in the windows service. To do this run the following two commands.

echo logpath=c:\data\log\mongod.log> "C:\Program Files \MongoDB 2.6 Standard\mongod.cfg"
echo dbpath=c:\data\db>> "C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\mongod.cfg"
//C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard is the installation path, it could be different if you installed 32-bit version as you will find it inside Program Files (x86)

2.4. Create MongoDB windows service

sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\mongod.cfg\"" DisplayName= "MongoDB 2.6 Standard" start= "auto"

//don’t forget to change the path(s) to match you installation

2.5. Start the Service

net start mongodb

Now we successfully configured MongoDB and you can test it by the following;

3. Test the configurations

e.g. C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard 

3.1. open bin folder and locate the mongo.exe, run it write “show dbs“, list of DBs should be populated now.

NB. By Default you should find admin and local Databases exist. if you didn’t find any of them , it doesn’t mean any thing. just move on.

4. This step is Optional but necessary if you are about to introduce your database to the production and want to secure it with Admin UserName and Password.

4.1. Run mongo.exe and paste the following commands;

use admin

//this will apply all the following commands to the admin DB

user: "adminusername",
pwd: "adminpassword",
roles: [ { role: "userAdminAnyDatabase", db: "admin" } ]

//as you see, we make the “role” as userAdminAnyDatabase to the DB admin. and the Admin on “admin” DB is admin on any other DB.

Note here that this Command applied on on the Exist DataBases , and any Database you create after that won’t follow the same Command, so you have to run again to be applied on the newly created databases.

4.2. Now try to access the MongoDB from the mongo.exe by the following command;

mongo --host localhost --port 27017 -u adminusername-p adminpassword--authenticationDatabase admin

5. By default mongo installed and configured to Port 27017, if you want to expose your MongoDB to external connection, you can easily do this by enable inbound and outbound rules in the Windows Firewall to to the 27017 Port.

Note here that you have to take care while doing this as you have to enable the port for specific IP, Domain or more farther through the FireWall Options.

and to close this point, you can change the Port Number, the Accepted IPs to connect to mongo and more farther options in the Mongo Configuration file.Read more about this in the Official mongo documentations.

6. amd Finally , this step is optional but nice, you might need to install a MMS or management studio to admin or view you MongoDB artifacts (DataBases, Collections, Data …etc) and also for farther operations like (Delete, Import, Export ..etc), there are many MMSs for MongoDB and these two are example (mongovue , litixsoft).


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