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cursor.pretty()
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mongosh Method

This is a mongosh method. This is not the documentation for Node.js or other programming language specific driver methods.

In most cases, mongosh methods work the same way as the legacy mongo shell methods. However, some legacy methods are unavailable in mongosh.

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Configures the cursor to display results in a format that is easy to read.

The pretty() method has the following prototype form:

db.collection.find(<query>).pretty()

The pretty() method:

Consider the following document:

db.books.save({
"_id" : ObjectId("54f612b6029b47909a90ce8d"),
"title" : "A Tale of Two Cities",
"text" : "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...",
"authorship" : "Charles Dickens"})

By default, db.collection.find() returns data in a dense format:

db.books.find()
{ "_id" : ObjectId("54f612b6029b47909a90ce8d"), "title" : "A Tale of Two Cities", "text" : "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...", "authorship" : "Charles Dickens" }

By using cursor.pretty() you can set the cursor to return data in a format that is easier to read:

db.books.find().pretty()
{
"_id" : ObjectId("54f612b6029b47909a90ce8d"),
"title" : "A Tale of Two Cities",
"text" : "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...",
"authorship" : "Charles Dickens"
}
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