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MongoDB is a NoSQL database intended for storing large amounts of data in document-oriented storage with dynamic schemas. NoSQL refers to a database with a data model other than the tabular format used in relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL. MongoDB features include: full index support, replication, high availability, and auto-sharding.

Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended for installing MongoDB on a single CentOS 6 node.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

Step #1: Add the MongoDB Repository

For a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor

vim /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo

Option A: If you are running a 64-bit system, add the following information to the file you’ve created, using i to insert:

[mongodb]
name=MongoDB Repository
baseurl=http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/redhat/os/x86_64/
gpgcheck=0
enabled=1

Then exit and save the file with the command :wq . You should see an output very similar to the following image:

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Option B: If you are running a 32-bit system, add the following information to the file you’ve created, using i to insert:

[mongodb]
name=MongoDB Repository
baseurl=http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/redhat/os/i686/
gpgcheck=0
enabled=1

Then exit and save the file with the command :wq .

Step #2: Install MongoDB

At this point, installing MongoDB is as simple as running just one command:

yum install mongo-10gen mongo-10gen-server

When prompted Is this ok [y/N]: , simply type y and then hit the enter key. You should see an output very similar to the following image:

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Step #3: Get MongoDB Running

Start-Up MongoDB

service mongod start

You should see an output very similar to the following image:

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Check MongoDB Service Status

service mongod status

Summary List of Status Statistics

mongostat

Enter the MongoDB Command Line

mongo

You should see an output very similar to the following image:

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By default, running this command will look for a MongoDB server listening on port 27017 on the localhost interface.

If you’d like to connect to a MongoDB server running on a different port, then use the –port option. For example, if you wanted to connect to a local MongoDB server listening on port 22222, then you’d issue the following command:

mongo --port 22222

Shutdown MongoDB

service mongod stop

There are many, many more things we could say about MongoDB, but those will be detailed in follow-up articles in the Liquid Web Knowledge Base! Look for articles on: How To Install MongoDB and Run a Multi-Node Cluster on CentOS 6 , Recommended Production Settings for MongoDB on CentOS 6 and more!

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