How to install mongoDB on Ubuntu


This guide shows you how to install MongoDB on Ubuntu.

  1. Ubuntu 12.10
  2. MongoDB 2.2.3

1. Add 10gen package to source.list.d

Ubuntu 12 comes with a “mongo” package, but not the latest version.

$ sudo apt-cache search mongodb

It’s recommended to add 10gen package to /etc/apt/sources.list.d, as it contains the latest stable MongoDB. Create a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongo.list file, and declared the 10gen distro.

$ sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongo.list
##10gen package location
deb dist 10gen

2. Add GPG Key

10gen package required GPG key, imports it :

$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv 7F0CEB10

If you didn’t imports the GPG key, apt-get update will hits following error message :

GPG error: dist Release: 
The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 9ECBEC467F0CEB10

3. Update package

Update your apt-get list.

$ sudo apt-get update

Search “mongodb” again, a new 10gen package is appearing now. Get the “mongodb-10gen“, it contains the latest stable MongoDB.

$ sudo apt-cache search mongodb

4. Install mongodb-10gen

Everything is ready, now you can Install MongoDB :

$ sudo apt-get install mongodb-10gen

5. Where is MongoDB?

MongoDB is installed and started.

$ ps -ef | grep mongo
mongodb   5262     1  0 15:27 ?        00:00:14 /usr/bin/mongod --config /etc/mongodb.conf
mkyong    5578  3994  0 16:29 pts/0    00:00:00 grep --color=auto mongo
$ mongo -version
MongoDB shell version: 2.2.3

All MongoDB executable files are stored at /usr/bin/

$ ls -ls /usr/bin | grep mongo
 4220 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root     4317928 Feb  2 08:11 mongo
10316 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10563336 Feb  2 08:11 mongod
10320 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10563664 Feb  2 08:11 mongodump
10284 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10526736 Feb  2 08:11 mongoexport
10324 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10567768 Feb  2 08:11 mongofiles
10296 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10539056 Feb  2 08:11 mongoimport
10272 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10514544 Feb  2 08:11 mongooplog
10272 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10518512 Feb  2 08:11 mongoperf
10320 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10563632 Feb  2 08:11 mongorestore
 6644 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root     6802848 Feb  2 08:11 mongos
10312 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10556560 Feb  2 08:11 mongostat
10272 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    10515856 Feb  2 08:11 mongotop

The “mongodb control script” is generated at /etc/init.d/mongodb

$ ls -ls /etc/init.d | grep mongo
 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   21 Feb  2 08:11 mongodb -> /lib/init/upstart-job

The MongoDB config file is at /etc/mongodb.conf

# mongodb.conf
# Where to store the data.
# Note: if you run mongodb as a non-root user (recommended) you may
# need to create and set permissions for this directory manually,
# e.g., if the parent directory isn't mutable by the mongodb user.
#where to log
#port = 27017

6. Controlling MongoDB

Some commands to control the MongoDB.

Starting MongoDB

$ sudo service mongodb start

Stoping MongoDB

$ sudo service mongodb stop

Restarting MongoDB

$ sudo service mongodb restart


  1. Official guide to install MongoDB on Ubuntu
  2. Debian Linux apt-get package management cheat sheet
  3. Install MongoDB on Mac OS X
  4. Install MongoDB on Windows
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  • GregTheHun

    Just a question, I was trying to get this to work with the newest versions of MongoDB, PHP 5.5.1 and Nginx.

    For some reason I can’t install the driver by saying sudo apt-get install php5-mongo. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m using a newer version of PHP so it’s looking for the wrong version.

    Any suggestions on how to install a newer php5-mongo driver?

  • Rob

    Nice post!

    Is it possible to install MongoDB without root privileges? Ideally I’d like to install it in my home directory. I can’t seem to get it working. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • nice


  • Srikar

    Thanks Mkyong :)

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  • Jorge Urdaneta

    Thank you so much!

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  • Sreekanth

    Thanks alot…:)

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  • Aaron Newton

    This worked nicely for me. However, I found that I kept getting socket error while trying to replace my MongoDB 2.0.+ install with this 2.2.+ version, so I found that I had to run the following remove command first:

    sudo apt-get remove mongodb-clients mongodb-dev mongodb-server
    • mkyong

      Try autoremove to remove everything, and get the latest from 10gen source.

      sudo apt-get autoremove mongodb xxx
  • Dave

    I hope you can help: i followed your instructions and it appears mongo started, because the command “mongo” works from so far every folder where i navigate – yet, your step 5 above:

    “Now, MongoDB is installed, started, and auto start MongoDB script is generated to “/etc/init/mongo” and “/etc/init.d/mongo“…”,

    when i try those at the cmd line, result in this: “No such file or directory”.

    what am i doing wrong? i am thinking now that if i reboot my system [ubuntu 12.04 running as a virtual object on vmplayer], i will be unable to get mongo started again.

    how can i start, and stop the mongo db?

    • mkyong

      The MongoDB may not installed properly. Do you have /etc/init.d/mongodb ? and what you get with the following command

       ls -ls /usr/bin | grep mongo
  • bit


  • George

    Thanks for the tutorial. Couple of points:

    1- I had to import the keys (step 3) before step 2, otherwise step 2 always fails
    2- It appears that I can only connect to the db if I run mongo with sudo

    So please update your tutorial, thanks a lot.

    • mkyong

      Tutorial is updated and tested with Ubuntu 12 and MongoDB 2.2.3

  • Hai

    Awesome. Thank you.

  • deFrance

    what is mongo db ?? is it a database ??

    • George

      What is google? Is it a search engine where people can lookup mongodb to know what it is?

    • mkyong

      MongoDB is killing the web app now :) Try –

  • Joey

    Thank you!

  • Ajith

    Nice tutorial :)

  • Interracial Pop Culture

    Perfect tutorial thanks.

  • vini

    Thanks a lot….!!! This article helped a lot !!!

  • ruvan

    thanks mongo db 2 is now up and running on ubuntu11
    going to test with pymongo and flask

  • dante

    thank you!

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