Install MongoDB Community on Ubuntu using .tgz Tarball¶
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Use this tutorial to manually install MongoDB 5.0 Community
Edition on LTS (long-term support) releases of Ubuntu Linux using a
This tutorial installs MongoDB 5.0 Community Edition. To install a different version of MongoDB Community, use the version drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of this page to select the documentation for that version.
While MongoDB can be installed manually via a downloaded
tarball as described in this document, it is recommended to use the
apt package manager on your system to install MongoDB if
possible. Using a package manager automatically installs all needed
dependencies, provides an example
mongod.conf file to get you
started, and simplifies future upgrade and maintenance tasks.
➤ See Install MongoDB using the apt Package Manager for instructions.
MongoDB 5.0 Community Edition supports the following 64-bit Ubuntu LTS (long-term support) releases on x86_64 architecture:
- 20.04 LTS ("Focal")
- 18.04 LTS ("Bionic")
- 16.04 LTS ("Xenial")
MongoDB only supports the 64-bit versions of these platforms.
MongoDB 5.0 Community Edition on Ubuntu also supports the ARM64 architecture on select platforms.
See Supported Platforms for more information.
To run MongoDB in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), refer to the WSL documentation.
Before deploying MongoDB in a production environment, consider the Production Notes document which offers performance considerations and configuration recommendations for production MongoDB deployments.
Install MongoDB Community Edition¶
Use the following command to install the dependencies required for the
Follow these steps to manually install MongoDB Community Edition from
Download the tarball.¶
After you have installed the required prerequisite packages, download
the MongoDB Community
tgz tarball from the following link:
- In the Version dropdown, select the version of MongoDB to download.
- In the Platform dropdown, select your operating system version and architecture.
- In the Package dropdown, select tgz.
- Click Download.
Extract the files from the downloaded archive.¶
Using an archive manager program or the
tar command, extract the
For example, to extract from the terminal shell, you can use the
If you downloaded a different MongoDB 5.0 point release,
be sure to modify the command to reflect the correct
tar -zxvf mongodb-linux-*-5.0.2.tgz
Optional. Ensure the binaries are in a directory listed in your
PATH environment variable.¶
The MongoDB binaries are in the
To avoid having to specify the path to the MongoDB binaries, you can
create symbolic links to the binaries from a directory listed in
PATH variable, such as
/path/to/the/mongodb-directory/ with your installation
directory as appropriate.
sudo ln -s /path/to/the/mongodb-directory/bin/* /usr/local/bin/
Alternatively, you can copy these binaries into a directory listed
PATH variable such as
sudo cp <mongodb-install-directory>/bin/* /usr/local/bin/
Run MongoDB Community Edition¶
- ulimit Considerations
- Most Unix-like operating systems limit the system resources that a
process may use. These limits may negatively impact MongoDB operation,
and should be adjusted. See UNIX
ulimitSettings for the recommended settings for your platform.NoteStarting in MongoDB 4.4, a startup error is generated if the
ulimitvalue for number of open files is under
- You can configure the MongoDB instance (such as the data directory and log directory specifications) using either the command-line options or a configuration file.
Follow these steps to run MongoDB Community Edition. These instructions assume that you are using the default settings.
Create the data and log directories.¶
Create a directory where the MongoDB instance stores its data. For example:
sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/mongo
Create a directory where the MongoDB instance stores its log. For example:
sudo mkdir -p /var/log/mongodb
The user that starts the MongoDB process must have read and write permission to these directories. For example, if you intend to run MongoDB as yourself:
sudo chown `whoami` /var/lib/mongo # Or substitute another user sudo chown `whoami` /var/log/mongodb # Or substitute another user
Verify that MongoDB has started successfully.¶
Verify that MongoDB has started successfully by
checking the process output for the following line in the
[initandlisten] waiting for connections on port 27017
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.¶
Localhost Binding by Default¶
By default, MongoDB launches with
bindIp set to
127.0.0.1, which binds to the localhost network interface. This
means that the
mongod can only accept connections from
clients that are running on the same machine. Remote clients will not be
able to connect to the
mongod, and the
not be able to initialize a replica set unless this value is set
to a valid network interface.
This value can be configured either: