Sort the Returned Documents

If the query bar displays the Sort option, you can specify the sort order of the returned documents.

Set the Sort Order

To set the sort order:

  1. Click Options.

  2. Enter the sort document into the Sort field.

    • To specify ascending order for a field, set the field to 1 in the sort document.
    • To specify descending order for a field, set the field and -1 in the sort documents.


    The following sort document sorts results first by year in descending order, and within each year, sort by name in ascending order.

    { year: -1, name: 1 }

    As you type, the Find button is disabled and the Sort label turns red until a valid query is entered.

  3. Click Find to run the query and view the updated results.


    For query result sets larger than 1000 documents, Compass shows a sampling of the results. Otherwise, Compass shows the entire result set.

    For details on sampling, see the FAQ.

Clear the Query

To clear the query bar and the results of the query, click Reset.

To Learn More

See the sort entry in the MongoDB Manual.

How Does the Compass Query Compare to MongoDB and SQL Queries?

$sort corresponds to the ORDER BY ... clause in a SQL SELECT statement.


You have 3,235 articles. You would like to see a list of articles sorted alphabetically by headline.

SELECT * FROM article
ORDER BY headline ASC;
MongoDB Aggregation
  { $sort : { headline : 1 } }
Compass Sort Option
$sort : { headline : 1 }