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Returns the count of documents that would match a find() query. The db.collection.count() method does not perform the find() operation but instead counts and returns the number of results that match a query.

The db.collection.count() method has the following parameter:

Parameter Type Description
query document The query selection criteria.

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On a sharded cluster, db.collection.count() can result in an inaccurate count if orphaned documents exist or if a chunk migration is in progress.

To avoid these situations, on a sharded cluster, use the $group stage of the db.collection.aggregate() method to $sum the documents. For example, the following operation counts the documents in a collection:

      { $group: { _id: null, count: { $sum: 1 } } }

To get a count of documents that match a query condition, include the $match stage as well:

      { $match: <query condition> },
      { $group: { _id: null, count: { $sum: 1 } } }

See Perform a Count for an example.


Count all Documents in a Collection

To count the number of all documents in the orders collection, use the following operation:


This operation is equivalent to the following:


Count all Documents that Match a Query

Count the number of the documents in the orders collection with the field ord_dt greater than new Date('01/01/2012'):

db.orders.count( { ord_dt: { $gt: new Date('01/01/2012') } } )

The query is equivalent to the following:

db.orders.find( { ord_dt: { $gt: new Date('01/01/2012') } } ).count()