Install MongoDB on OS X

Posted on 17th June 2014

This chapter describes how to install MongoDB on a Mac OS X. MongoDB support OS X versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on Intel x86-64 and later.

1. Download

Download the latest version of MongoDB from the MongoDB Downloads Page.

2. Extract

Open a terminal window and go to the directory where you downloaded the archive. Extract the contects of the archive using tar command.

tar xvf mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.6.0.tgz

The contents are extracted to a newly created directory, in the above example it will be mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.6.0

3. Create Data Directory

Create directory /data/db which will hold all the data and set the permissions.

mkdir -p /data/db
chmod 777 /data/db

4. Start MongoDB

Change directory to location where you extracted the MongoDB files. Change to bin directory and run mongod


This will start up MongoDB and it will be listening to client connections on port 27017 by default.

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