|Stable release||2.6.7 / 14 January 2015|
|License||GNU AGPL v3.0 (drivers: Apache license)|
MongoDB (from "humongous") is a cross-platform document-oriented database. Classified as a NoSQL database, MongoDB eschews the traditional table-based relational database structure in favor of JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas (MongoDB calls the format BSON), making the integration of data in certain types of applications easier and faster. Released under a combination of the GNU Affero General Public License and the Apache License, MongoDB is free and open-source software.
First developed by the software company 10gen (now MongoDB Inc.) in October 2007 as a component of a planned platform as a service product, the company shifted to an open source development model in 2009, with 10gen offering commercial support and other services. Since then, MongoDB has been adopted as backend software by a number of major websites and services, including Craigslist, eBay, Foursquare, SourceForge, Viacom, and the New York Times, among others. MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database system.
Licensing and support
MongoDB is available for free under the GNU Affero General Public License. The language drivers are available under an Apache License. In addition, MongoDB Inc. offers proprietary licenses for MongoDB.
Some of the main features include:
- Instead of taking a business subject and breaking it up into multiple relational structures, MongoDB can store the business subject in the minimal number of documents. For example, instead of storing title and author information in two distinct relational structures, title, author, and other title-related information can all be stored in a single document called Book, which is much more intuitive and usually easier to work with.
- Ad hoc queries
- Any field in a MongoDB document can be indexed (indices in MongoDB are conceptually similar to those in RDBMSes). Secondary indices are also available.
- MongoDB provides high availability with replica sets. A replica set consists of two or more copies of the data. Each replica set member may act in the role of primary or secondary replica at any time. The primary replica performs all writes and reads by default. Secondary replicas maintain a copy of the data on the primary using built-in replication. When a primary replica fails, the replica set automatically conducts an election process to determine which secondary should become the primary. Secondaries can also perform read operations, but the data is eventually consistent by default.
- Load balancing
- MongoDB scales horizontally using sharding. The user chooses a shard key, which determines how the data in a collection will be distributed. The data is split into ranges (based on the shard key) and distributed across multiple shards. (A shard is a master with one or more slaves.)
- MongoDB can run over multiple servers, balancing the load and/or duplicating data to keep the system up and running in case of hardware failure. Automatic configuration is easy to deploy, and new machines can be added to a running database.
- File storage
- MongoDB can be used as a file system, taking advantage of load balancing and data replication features over multiple machines for storing files.
- This function, called GridFS, is included with MongoDB drivers and available with no difficulty for development languages (see "Language Support" for a list of supported languages). MongoDB exposes functions for file manipulation and content to developers. GridFS is used, for example, in plugins for NGINX and lighttpd. Instead of storing a file in a single document, GridFS divides a file into parts, or chunks, and stores each of those chunks as a separate document.
- In a multi-machine MongoDB system, files can be distributed and copied multiple times between machines transparently, thus effectively creating a load-balanced and fault-tolerant system.
- MapReduce can be used for batch processing of data and aggregation operations. The aggregation framework enables users to obtain the kind of results for which the SQL GROUP BY clause is used.
- Capped collections
- MongoDB supports fixed-size collections called capped collections. This type of collection maintains insertion order and, once the specified size has been reached, behaves like a circular queue.
Prior to November 2012, MongoDB's default consistency model ("write concern") acknowledged writes as soon as they had entered the client's outgoing queue, meaning that the default setup was vulnerable to client crashes.
MongoDB uses a readers-writer lock that allows concurrent read access to a database but exclusive write access to a single write operation. Before version 2.2, this lock was implemented on a per-mongod basis. Since version 2.2, the lock has been implemented at the database level. Since version 2.8 pluggable storage engines were introduced. Based on the storage engine the lock has been implemented on collection or on document level (document level is the entity of the isolation on write operations). With versions prior 2.8 one approach to increase concurrency is to use sharding. In some situations, reads and writes will yield their locks. If MongoDB predicts a page is unlikely to be in memory, operations will yield their lock while the pages load. The use of lock yielding expanded greatly in 2.2.
Another criticism is related to the limitations of MongoDB when used on 32-bit systems. In some cases, this was due to inherent memory limitations. MongoDB recommends 64-bit systems and that users provide sufficient RAM for their working set. Some users encounter issues when their working set exceeds available RAM and the system encounters page faults. Compose, a provider of managed MongoDB infrastructure, recommends a scaling checklist for large systems.
Additionally, MongoDB does not support collation-based sorting and is limited to byte-wise comparison via memcmp, which will not provide correct ordering for many non-English languages when used with a Unicode encoding.
MongoDB has official drivers for a variety of popular programming languages and development environments. There are also a large number of unofficial or community-supported drivers for other programming languages and frameworks.
Management and graphical front-ends
Official MongoDB tools
In a MongoDB installation the following commands are available:
- Administrative information can also be accessed through a web interface, a simple webpage that serves information about the current server status. By default, this interface is 1000 ports above the database port (28017).
- mongostat is a command-line tool that displays a summary list of status statistics for a currently running MongoDB instance: how many inserts, updates, removes, queries, and commands were performed, as well as what percentage of the time the database was locked and how much memory it is using. This tool is similar to the UNIX/Linux vmstat utility.
- mongotop is a command-line tool providing a method to track the amount of time a MongoDB instance spends reading and writing data. mongotop provides statistics on the per-collection level. By default, mongotop returns values every second. This tool is similar to the UNIX/Linux top utility.
- mongosniff is a command-line tool providing a low-level tracing/sniffing view into database activity by monitoring (or "sniffing") network traffic going to and from MongoDB. mongosniff requires the Libpcap network library and is only available for Unix-like systems. A cross-platform alternative is the open source Wireshark packet analyzer which has full support for the MongoDB wire protocol.
- mongooplog is a simple tool that polls operations from the replication oplog of a remote server, and applies them to the local server. This capability supports certain classes of real-time migrations that require that the source server remain online and in operation throughout the migration process.
- mongofiles utility makes it possible to manipulate files stored in your MongoDB instance in GridFS objects from the command line. It is particularly useful as it provides an interface between objects stored in your file system and GridFS.
- mongoimport, mongoexport
- mongoimport is a command-line utility to import content from a JSON, CSV, or TSV export created by mongoexport or potentially other third-party data exports.
- mongodump, mongorestore
- mongodump is a command-line utility for creating a binary export of the contents of a Mongo database; mongorestore can be used to reload a database dump.
Third-Party GUI tools
There is an active and growing community of developers building third-party rich GUI tools for the MongoDB. Some relevant examples (listed in alphabetical order):
- 3T MongoChef, cross-platform MongoDB GUI
- BI Studio, Business Intelligence frontend for MongoDB.
- Database Master, web-based client software, supports RDMS
- Fang of Mongo, web-based UI, built with Django and jQuery
- Futon4Mongo, a clone of the CouchDB-Futon-Web-Intterface for MongoDB
- HumongouS.io, Web based GUI for MongoDB
- mms, Mongo Management Studio, cross-platfrorm and web-based GUI
- Mongo3, ruby-based GUI
- MongoHub, a native OS-X-application for MongoDB management
- Opricot', browser-based MongoDB-Shell, implemented in PHP
- UMongo (JMongoBrowser), cross-platform Management-GUI, implemented in Java
According to db-engines.com, in November 2014, MongoDB is in 5th place as the most popular type of database management system, and first place for document stores.
Large-scale deployments of MongoDB are tracked by MongoDB Inc. Some of the prominent users of MongoDB include:
- MetLife uses MongoDB for “The Wall", a customer service application providing a "360-degree view" of MetLife customers.
- SAP uses MongoDB in the SAP PaaS.
- Sourceforge uses MongoDB for its back-end storage pages.
- Shutterfly uses MongoDB for its photo platform. As of 2013, the photo platform stores 18 billion photos uploaded by Shutterfly's 7 million users.
- CERN uses MongoDB as the primary back-end for the Data Aggregation System for the Large Hadron Collider.
- Foursquare deploys MongoDB on Amazon AWS to store venues and user check-ins into venues.
- eBay uses MongoDB in the search suggestion and the internal Cloud Manager State Hub.
- SpiderMonkey (software)
- Server-side scripting
- MEAN, a solutions stack using MongoDB as the database
- HyperDex, a NoSQL database providing the MongoDB API with stronger consistency guarantees
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- The MongoDB NoSQL Database Blog, The AGPL
- MongoDB Developer Manual
- Data Modeling for MongoDB
- GridFS article on MongoDB Developer's Manual
- NGINX plugin for MongoDB source code
- lighttpd plugin for MongoDB source code
- Expertstown - MongoDB overview
- "Default Write Concern Change". MongoDB Release Notes. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- FAQ Concurrency - How Granular Are Locks
-  - MongoDB 2.8 release
- FAQ Concurrency - How Does Sharding Affect Concurrency
- FAQ Concurrency - Do Operations Ever Yield the Lock
- 32-bit Limitations
- Does Everybody Hate MongoDB
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- MongoDB Jira ticket 1920
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- "Community Supported Drivers". Mongodb.org. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- mongo - The Interactive Shell
- HTTP Console
- mongostat Manual
- mongotop Manual
- mongosniff Manual
- mongoimport Manual
- mongoexport Manual
- mongodump Manual
- mongorestore Manual
- "3T MongoChef". Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- "Fang of Mongo". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Futon4Mongo". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "HumongouS.io". Retrieved 2015-01-15.
- "Mongo Management Studio". Retrieved 2014-09-01.
- "Mongo3". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "MongoHub". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Opricot". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "UMongo". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Metlife uses nosql for customer service". Information Week. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- The Quest to Understand the Use of MongoDB in the SAP PaaS
- Scaling SourceForge with MongoDB
- Real World NoSQL: MongoDB at Shutterfly
- Here's How We Think Of Shutterfly's Stock Value
- Holy Large Hadron Collider, Batman!
- Experiences Deploying MongoDB on AWS
- MongoDB at eBay
- Hoberman, Steve (June 1, 2014), Data Modeling for MongoDB (1st ed.), Technics Publications, p. 226, ISBN 978-1-935504-70-2
- Banker, Kyle (March 28, 2011), MongoDB in Action (1st ed.), Manning, p. 375, ISBN 978-1-935182-87-0
- Chodorow, Kristina; Dirolf, Michael (September 23, 2010), MongoDB: The Definitive Guide (1st ed.), O'Reilly Media, p. 216, ISBN 978-1-4493-8156-1
- Pirtle, Mitch (March 3, 2011), MongoDB for Web Development (1st ed.), Addison-Wesley Professional, p. 360, ISBN 978-0-321-70533-4
- Hawkins, Tim; Plugge, Eelco; Membrey, Peter (September 26, 2010), The Definitive Guide to MongoDB: The NoSQL Database for Cloud and Desktop Computing (1st ed.), Apress, p. 350, ISBN 978-1-4302-3051-9
- Official website
- Designing for the Cloud at MIT Technology Review
- A vendor-independent comparison of NoSQL databases: Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB, Riak (NetworkWorld)
- MongoDB Cheat Sheet for Quick Reference
- Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vs HBase vs Couchbase vs Neo4j vs Hypertable vs ElasticSearch vs Accumulo vs VoltDB vs Scalaris comparison
- How MongoDB Different Write Concern Values Affect Performance On A Single Node
- MongoDB Fault Tolerance