MongoDB Cheat Sheet - Essential MongoDB Shell Commands

Posted on 05th December 2016

Here are the most commonly used Mongo Shell commands with example usage.

Basic Commands

To do thisRun this commandExample
Connect to local host on default port 27017mongomongo
Connect to remote host on specified portmongo --host <hostname or ip address> --port <port no>mongo --host --port 23020
Connect to a databasemongo <host>/<database> mongo
Show current databasedbdb
Select or switch database [1]use <database name>use mydb
Execute a JavaScript fileload(<filename>)load (myscript.js)
Display helphelphelp
Display help on DB
Display help on

Show Commands

Show all databasesshow dbsshow dbs
Show all collections in current databaseshow collectionsshow collections
Show all users on current databaseshow usersshow users
Show all roles on current databaseshow rolesshow roles

CRUD Operations

Insert a new document in a collection [2]db.collection.insert( <document> )db.books.insert({"isbn": 9780060859749, "title": "After Alice: A Novel", "author": "Gregory Maguire", "category": "Fiction", "year":2016})
Insert multiple documents into a collectiondb.collection.insertMany([ <document1>, <document2>, ... ])


db.collection.insert([ <document1>, <document2>, ... ])
db.books.insertMany( [{"isbn": 9780198321668, "title": "Romeo and Juliet", "author": "William Shakespeare", "category": "Tragedy", "year": 2008}, {"isbn": 9781505297409, "title": "Treasure Island", "author": "Robert Louis Stevenson", "category": "Fiction", "year":2014}])


db.books.insert([{ "isbn":"9781853260001", "title": "Pride and Prejudice", "author": "Jane Austen", "category": "Fiction"}, {"isbn": "9780743273565", "title": "The Great Gatsby", "author": "F. Scott Fitzgerald"} ])
Show all documents in the collectiondb.collection.find()db.books.find()
Filter documents by field value conditiondb.collection.find(<query>)db.books.find({"title":"Treasure Island"})
Show only some fields of matching documentsdb.collection.find(<query>, <projection>)db.books.find({"title":"Treasure Island"}, {title:true, category:true, _id:false})
Show the first document that matches the query conditiondb.collection.findOne(<query>, <projection>) db.books.findOne({}, {_id:false})
Update specific fields of a single document that match the query conditiondb.collection.update(<query>, <update> )db.books.update({title : "Treasure Island"}, {$set : {category :"Adventure Fiction"}})
Remove certain fields of a single document the query conditiondb.collection.update(<query>, <update>)db.books.update({title : "Treasure Island"}, {$unset : {category:""}})
Remove certain fields of all documents that match the query conditiondb.collection.update(<query>, <update>, {multi:true} )db.books.update({category : "Fiction"}, {$unset : {category:""}}, {multi:true})
Delete a single document that match the query conditiondb.collection.remove(<query>, {justOne:true})db.books.remove({title :"Treasure Island"}, {justOne:true})
Delete all documents matching a query conditiondb.collection.remove(<query>)db.books.remove({"category" :"Fiction"})
Delete all documents in a collectiondb.collection.remove({})db.books.remove({})


Create an indexdb.collection.createIndex( {indexField:type} )
Type 1 means ascending; -1 means descending
Create a unique indexdb.collection.createIndex( {indexField:type}, {unique:true} )db.books.createIndex( {isbn:1},{unique:true} )
Create a index on multiple fields (compound index)db.collection.createIndex({indexField1:type1, indexField2:type2, ...})db.books.createIndex({title:1, author:-1})
Show all indexes in a collectiondb.collection.getIndexes()db.books.getIndexes()
Drop an indexdb.collection.dropIndex( {indexField:type} )db.books.dropIndex({author:-1})
Show index statisticsdb.collection.stats()db.books.stats()

Cursor Methods

Show number of documents in the collectioncursor.count()db.books.find().count()
Limit the number of documents to returncursor.limit(<n>)db.books.find().limit(2)
Return the result set after skipping the first n number of documentscursor.skip(<n>)db.books.find().skip(2)
Sort the documents in a result set in ascending or descending order of field valuescursor.sort( <{field : value}> )
value = 1 for ascending, -1 for descending
db.books.find().sort( {title : 1} )
Display formatted (more readable) resultcursor.pretty()db.books.find({}).pretty()

Comparison Operators

equals to

{<field>: { $eq: <value> }}db.books.find({year: {$eq: 2016}})
less than{<field>: { $lt: <value> }}db.books.find({year: {$lt: 2010}})
less than or equal to{<field>: { $lte: <value> }}

db.books.find({year: {$lte: 2008}})

greater than{<field>: { $gt: <value> }}db.books.find({year: {$gt: 2014}})
greater than or equal to{<field>: { $gte: <value> }}db.books.find({year: {$gte: 2008}})
not equal to{<field>: { $ne: <value> }}db.books.find({year: {$ne: 2008}})
value in{<field>: { $in: [ <value1>, <value2>, ... }}db.books.find({year: {$in: [2008, 2016]}})
value not in{<field>: { $nin: [ <value1>, <value2>, ... }}db.books.find({year: {$nin: [2008, 2016]}})

Logical Operators

OR{ $or: [<expression1>, <expression2>,...]} db.books.find( { $or: [{year: {$lte: 2008}}, {year: {$eq: 2016}}]} )
AND{ $and: [<expression1>, <expression2>,...]}db.books.find( { $and: [{year: {$eq: 2008}}, {category: {$eq: "Fiction"}}]} )
NOT{ $not: {<expression>}}db.books.find( {$not: {year: {$eq: 2016} }})
NOR{ $nor: [<expression1>, <expression2>,...]}db.books.find( { $nor: [{year: {$lte: 2008}}, {year: {$eq: 2016}}]} )

Element Operators

Match documents that contains that specified field{<field>: {$exists:true}}

db.books.find( {category: {$exists: true }})

Match documents whose field value is of the specified BSON data type{<field>: {$type:value}}

db.books.find( {category: {$type: 2 }})

[1] Databases are created on the fly and will actually be created when you insert something into it.

[2] Collections are created on the fly when you insert first document into it.

Post a comment


Ramaj | April 11, 2020 11:00 AM |

Thanks for this post, It's short and very helpful

Lolita Love | April 29, 2020 7:44 AM |

I think the same, very helpful.

brian | July 13, 2019 2:45 AM |

awesome write up

@89rtE | October 2, 2017 3:30 PM |

Lots of HW, GZ. THX.

Shy Tamir | December 29, 2016 10:46 AM |

You might want to add this little gem for validation of data files. I use it on our restored daily backup to verify it's usable: db.getSiblingDB("admin").runCommand("listDatabases").databases.forEach(function(d){db.getSiblingDB({assert(db.getSiblingDB(})})