MongoDB: Commands Cheat Sheet

Start and stop the MongoDB Database:

sudo service mongod start
sudo service mongod stop

Access the MongoDB database using Shell:

mongo --host localhost:27017

Show all databases:

show dbs

Create a database, say, testdb; Switch to the database:

use testdb

Until a collection is created in a database, the database name is not listed as a result of execution of the command, “show dbs.”

Add a collection:


Show all collections in a database; Execute the “use dbname” command to access the database before executing the command given below.

show collections
show tables

The following command also work:


Insert a record in the collection; A record is inserted in the collection, “user.”

db.user.insert({"name": "Ajitesh Shukla", "location": "hyderabad", "username": "eajitesh"})

Display list of records of a collection; “user” collection is used.


Display a list of records matching with value (s) of specific fields:

db.user.find({"username": "eajitesh"})
db.user.find({"username": "eajitesh", "location": "hyderabad"})

Drop the collection:


Create users in the database; The below command creates a user with username as “ajitesh” and having the role such as “readWrite” and “dbAdmin”

db.createUser({"user": "ajitesh", "pwd": "gurukul", "roles": ["readWrite", "dbAdmin"]})

Show users; If executed without selecting a database, it displays all users along with database information.

show users

Login into the database with username and password:

mongo -u USERNAME -p PASSWORD --authenticationDatabase DATABASENAME

For user created in above command, the login command would look like the following:

mongo -u ajitesh -p gurukul --authenticationDatabase testdb

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