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Getting started with MongoDB: How to install MongoDB on Windows OS using pre-built 32-bit / 64-bit binaries?

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MongoDB is an open source, high-performance, schema-free, document-oriented NoSQL database system written in the C++ programming language. It manages collections of BSON documents that can be nested in complex hierarchies and still be easy to query and index, which allows many applications to store data in a natural way that matches their native data types and structures.

Why MongoDB?

  • Document-oriented
    • Documents (objects) map nicely to programming language data types
    • Embedded documents and arrays reduce need for joins
    • Dynamically-typed (schemaless) for easy schema evolution
    • No joins and no multi-document transactions for high performance and easy scalability
  • High performance
    • No joins and embedding makes reads and writes fast
    • Indexes including indexing of keys from embedded documents and arrays
    • Optional streaming writes (no acknowledgements)
  • High availability
    • Replicated servers with automatic master failover
  • Easy scalability
    • Automatic sharding (auto-partitioning of data across servers)
      • Reads and writes are distributed over shards
      • No joins or multi-document transactions make distributed queries easy and fast
    • Eventually-consistent reads can be distributed over replicated servers
  • Rich query language

I wanna try. Ho to install it?

The easiest (and recommended) way to install MongoDB is to use the pre-built binaries. Note:  64-bit is recommended, although you must have a 64-bit version of Windows to run that version.

32-bit binaries

Download and extract the 32-bit .zip. The “Production” build is recommended.

64-bit binaries

Download and extract the 64-bit .zip.


Unzip the downloaded binary package to the location of your choice. You may want to rename mongo-xxxxxxx to just “mongo” for convenience.

Create a data directory

By default MongoDB will store data in \data\db, but it won’t automatically create that folder, so we do so here:

C:\> mkdir \data
C:\> mkdir \data\db

Or you can do this from the Windows Explorer, of course.

If you prefer to place datafiles elsewhere, use the --dbpath command line parameter when starting mongod.exe.

Run and connect to the server

The important binaries for a first run are:

  • mongod.exe - the database server. Try mongod --help to see startup options.
  • mongo.exe - the administrative shell

To run the database, click mongod.exe in Explorer, or run it from a CMD window.

C:\> cd \my_mongo_dir\bin
C:\my_mongo_dir\bin> mongod

Note: It is also possible to run the server as a Windows Service. But we can do that later.

Now, start the administrative shell, either by double-clicking mongo.exe in Explorer, or from the CMD prompt. By default mongo.exe connects to a mongod server running on localhost and uses the database named test. Run mongo --help to see other options.

C:\> cd \my_mongo_dir\bin
C:\my_mongo_dir\bin> mongo
> // the mongo shell is a javascript shell connected to the db
> // by default it connects to database 'test' at localhost
> 3+3
> db
> // the first write will create the db:
> db.foo.insert( { a : 1 } )
> db.foo.find()
{ _id : ..., a : 1 }
> show dbs
> show collections
> help


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