Install MongoDB Enterprise From Tarball


MongoDB Enterprise tarballs provide an option for installing MongoDB Enterprise Edition if the distribution packages are not appropriate for your deployment.

Installing the tarballs on a platform not listed on Supported Platforms may result in unpredictable behavior.


Starting with MongoDB 3.6, MongoDB binaries, mongod and mongos, bind to localhost by default. From MongoDB versions 2.6 to 3.4, only the binaries from the official MongoDB RPM (Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora Linux, and derivatives) and DEB (Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives) packages would bind to localhost by default. To learn more about this change, see Localhost Binding Compatibility Changes.

Install MongoDB


To install a different version of MongoDB, please refer to that version’s documentation. To install the previous version, see the tutorial for version 3.4.


Install any missing dependencies.

To manually install MongoDB Enterprise, first install any dependencies as appropriate for your operating system:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS
Version 6
yum install cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-plain cyrus-sasl-gssapi krb5-libs libcurl libpcap net-snmp openldap openssl
Version 7
yum install cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-gssapi cyrus-sasl-plain krb5-libs libcurl libpcap lm_sensors-libs net-snmp net-snmp-agent-libs openldap openssl rpm-libs tcp_wrappers-libs
Ubuntu & Debian
sudo apt-get install libcurl3 libgssapi-krb5-2 libkrb5-dbg libldap-2.4-2 libpcap0.8 libpci3 libsasl2-2 libsensors4 libsnmp30 libssl1.0.0 libwrap0
zypper install cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-plain cyrus-sasl-gssapi krb5 libcurl4 libldap-2_4-2 libopenssl1_0_0 libsensors4 libsnmp30 libpcap1 libwrap0 rpm
Amazon Linux
yum install cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-plain cyrus-sasl-gssapi krb5-libs libcurl libpcap net-snmp openldap openssl

Download and extract the MongoDB Enterprise packages.

After you have installed the required prerequisite packages, download and extract the MongoDB Enterprise tarball for your system from the MongoDB Download Center.


Ensure that the MongoDB binaries are in your PATH.

The MongoDB binaries are in the bin/ directory of the tarball. You must either:

  • Copy these binaries into a directory listed in your PATH variable such as /usr/local/bin,
  • Create symbolic links to each of these binaries from a directory listed in your PATH variable, or
  • Modify your user’s PATH environment variable to include this directory.

Run MongoDB

Most Unix-like operating systems limit the system resources that a session may use. These limits may negatively impact MongoDB operation. See UNIX ulimit Settings for more information.


Create the data directory.

Before you start MongoDB for the first time, create the directory to which the mongod process will write data. By default, the mongod process uses the /data/db directory. If you create a directory other than this one, you must specify that directory in the dbpath option when starting the mongod process later in this procedure.

The following example command creates the default /data/db directory:

mkdir -p /data/db

Set permissions for the data directory.

Before running mongod for the first time, ensure that the user account running mongod has read and write permissions for the directory.


Run MongoDB.

To run MongoDB, run the mongod process at the system prompt. If necessary, specify the path of the mongod or the data directory. See the following examples.

Run without specifying paths

If your system PATH variable includes the location of the mongod binary and if you use the default data directory (i.e., /data/db), simply enter mongod at the system prompt:


Specify the path of the mongod

If your PATH does not include the location of the mongod binary, enter the full path to the mongod binary at the system prompt:

<path to binary>/mongod

Specify the path of the data directory

If you do not use the default data directory (i.e., /data/db), specify the path to the data directory using the --dbpath option:

mongod --dbpath <path to data directory>

Verify that MongoDB has started successfully.

Verify that MongoDB has started successfully by checking the process output for the following line:

[initandlisten] waiting for connections on port 27017

The output should be visible in the terminal or shell window.

You may see non-critical warnings in the process output. As long as you see the log line shown above, you can safely ignore these warnings during your initial evaluation of MongoDB.


Begin using MongoDB.

Start a mongo shell on the same host machine as the mongod. Use the --host command line option to specify the localhost address and port that the mongod listens on:

mongo --host

Later, to stop MongoDB, press Control+C in the terminal where the mongod instance is running.