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Replica Set Members¶
A replica set in MongoDB is a group of
that provide redundancy and high availability. The members of a
replica set are:
- The primary receives all write operations.
- Secondaries replicate operations from the primary to maintain an identical data set. Secondaries may have additional configurations for special usage profiles. For example, secondaries may be non-voting or priority 0.
You can also maintain an arbiter as part of a replica set. Arbiters do not keep a copy of the data. However, arbiters play a role in the elections that select a primary if the current primary is unavailable.
The minimum recommended configuration for a replica set is a three member replica set with three data-bearing members: one primary and two secondary members. You may alternatively deploy a three member replica set with two data-bearing members: a primary, a secondary, and an arbiter, but replica sets with at least three data-bearing members offer better redundancy.
The primary is the only member in the replica set that receives write operations. MongoDB applies write operations on the primary and then records the operations on the primary’s oplog. Secondary members replicate this log and apply the operations to their data sets.
In the following three-member replica set, the primary accepts all write operations. Then the secondaries replicate the oplog to apply to their data sets.
All members of the replica set can accept read operations. However, by default, an application directs its read operations to the primary member. See Read Preference for details on changing the default read behavior.
A secondary maintains a copy of the primary’s data set. To replicate data, a secondary applies operations from the primary’s oplog to its own data set in an asynchronous process. A replica set can have one or more secondaries.
The following three-member replica set has two secondary members. The secondaries replicate the primary’s oplog and apply the operations to their data sets.
Although clients cannot write data to secondaries, clients can read data from secondary members. See Read Preference for more information on how clients direct read operations to replica sets.
A secondary can become a primary. If the current primary becomes unavailable, the replica set holds an election to choose which of the secondaries becomes the new primary.
See Replica Set Elections for more details.
You can configure a secondary member for a specific purpose. You can configure a secondary to:
- Prevent it from becoming a primary in an election, which allows it to reside in a secondary data center or to serve as a cold standby. See Priority 0 Replica Set Members.
- Prevent applications from reading from it, which allows it to run applications that require separation from normal traffic. See Hidden Replica Set Members.
- Keep a running “historical” snapshot for use in recovery from certain errors, such as unintentionally deleted databases. See Delayed Replica Set Members.
An arbiter does not have a copy of data set and cannot become
a primary. Replica sets may have arbiters to add a vote in
elections of for primary. Arbiters
always have exactly
1 election vote, and thus
allow replica sets to have an uneven number of voting members without the
overhead of an additional member that replicates data.
Do not run an arbiter on systems that also host the primary or the secondary members of the replica set.
Only add an arbiter to sets with even numbers of voting members. If you add an arbiter to a set with an odd number of voting members, the set may suffer from tied elections. To add an arbiter, see Add an Arbiter to Replica Set.
For replica sets with an arbiter, replica set protocol version 1
pv1) increases the likelihood of rollback of
w:1 writes compared to replica set protocol version 0
pv0). See Replica Set Protocol Versions.
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