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$match (aggregation)


Provides a query-like interface to filter documents out of the aggregation pipeline. The $match drops documents that do not match the condition from the aggregation pipeline, and it passes documents that match along the pipeline unaltered.

The syntax passed to the $match is identical to the query syntax. Consider the following prototype form:

    { $match : <match-predicate> }

The following example performs a simple field equality test:

    { $match : { author : "dave" } }

This operation only returns documents where the author field holds the value dave. Consider the following example, which performs a range test:

    { $match : { score  : { $gt : 50, $lte : 90 } } }

Here, all documents return when the score field holds a value that is greater than 50 and less than or equal to 90.


Place the $match as early in the aggregation pipeline as possible. Because $match limits the total number of documents in the aggregation pipeline, earlier $match operations minimize the amount of later processing. If you place a $match at the very beginning of a pipeline, the query can take advantage of indexes like any other db.collection.find() or db.collection.findOne().


You cannot use $where or geospatial operations in $match queries as part of the aggregation pipeline.