Mongo CLI

Launch the CLI

$ mongo
$ mongo --ssl --sslAllowInvalidCertificates <host>:<port>/<db> -u <username> -p <password>

Show databases

> show dbs

Connect to a database

> use <db>

Show Collections

> show collections


Find fields matching

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: <val1>, <field2>: <val2>, ... })

This will return the first 20 records it finds. You can display the next 20 by running:

> it

In some cases, you may prefer to use findOne instead.

Filter certain results

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: { $ne: <val1} } })

Query for empty or missing fields

There are a couple ways to do this. The correct approach depends on whether you are looking for empty fields, missing fields, or both. In practice, it’s usually ok to search for empty or missing fields.

To query for a field that is either empty or missing:

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: null })

To query for a field that exists but is empty:

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: { $type: 10 } })

Note: 10 is the bson value for null.

To query for a field that does not exist:

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: { $exists: false } })

Only select certain fields

> db.<collection>.find({ <field1>: <val1> }, { <select1>: 1, <select2>: 1 })

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Backup a Collection

$ mongodump --host <host> --port <port> --db <db> --collection <collection>

For production data, you most likely only want to dump a single collection. It would probably take a while to dump the whole database!

Restore a collection

$ mongorestore --drop --db <database> --collection <collection> <path/to/backup.bson>