MongoDB Ubuntu

Install MongoDB on Ubuntu

In this quick post, we will see how we can install one of the most popular NoSQL database, MongoDB on Ubuntu and start using it as well. We will get started now.

MongoDB Database

MongoDB is one of the most popular NoSQL databases which is used to store and query schemaless data.

Today’s data has undefined number of properties. New properties of an object are added everyday and those properties might not be present in all the Objects which currently exist. MySQL databases store these properties even for Objects which doesn’t have them. Let’s see an example:

Name Address Line 1 Address Line 2 Address Line 3
John A-17 17th Street Florida
Sam B-46 California

If we had saved this data in a NoSQL database, it would have looked like:

    "name" : "John",
    "address_line1" : "A-17",
    "address_line2" : "17th Street",
    "address_line3" : "Florida"
    "name" : "John",
    "address_line1" : "B-46",
    "address_line2" : "California"

See the difference, the field which is not applicable for an object is not even present as a column.

Installing MongoDB

Now, installing MongoDB is just a matter of few commands. To start, let’s allow Ubuntu to ensure the authenticity of the software we are trying to install:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv EA312927

Once we run this command, we will get following output:

Ubuntu imported the MongoDB key into its package manager. Next, run the next command to create a list file for MongoDB:

echo "deb xenial/mongodb-org/3.2 multiverse"
|sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.2.list

Once we run this command, we will get following output:

Let’s finally update the package list:

sudo apt-get update

Now, we are ready to install MongoDB now:

sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org

Once you run this command, it might take a few minutes to install MongoDB packages.
Now, run these two commands to start the MongoDB service and check its status:

sudo systemctl start mongod
sudo systemctl status mongod

Once we run this command, we will get following output:

We will also enable MongoDB to start automatically when the system starts:

sudo systemctl enable mongod

Once we run this command, we will get following output:

Queries with mongoDB

Now that we have installed and started MongoDB, we can also query data using it. Let’s try some sample commands here.

Using Mongo Shell

To start running MongoDB queries, we can open Mongo shell by just typing:


Shell will open:

Inserting Data

Now, we can make a new database:

And we can insert data into it:

Note that we didn’t have to make the platforms collection and it was made automatically.

Getting Data

We can run a simple command to get the data we saved:

In the second query above, we also printed the number of documents present in the collection.

Further Study

In this quick post, we learned how we can install MongoDB and run basic queries on it. To go deeper into MongoDB check out these excellent resources below:

About the author

Shubham Aggarwal

Shubham Aggarwal

I’m a Java EE Engineer with about 4 years of experience in building quality products. I have excellent problem-solving skills in Spring Boot, Hibernate ORM, AWS, Git, Python and I am an emerging Data Scientist.