The command line and configuration file interfaces provide MongoDB administrators with a large number of options and settings for controlling the operation of the database system. This document provides an overview of common configurations and examples of best-practice configurations for common use cases.
While both interfaces provide access to the same collection of options and settings, this document primarily uses the configuration file interface. If you run MongoDB using a control script or installed from a package for your operating system, you likely already have a configuration file located at /etc/mongodb.conf. Confirm this by checking the contents of the /etc/init.d/mongod or /etc/rc.d/mongod script to insure that the control scripts start the mongod with the appropriate configuration file (see below.)
To start a MongoDB instance using this configuration issue a command in the following form:
mongod --config /etc/mongodb.conf mongod -f /etc/mongodb.conf
Modify the values in the /etc/mongodb.conf file on your system to control the configuration of your database instance.
Consider the following basic configuration:
fork = true bind_ip = 127.0.0.1 port = 27017 quiet = true dbpath = /srv/mongodb logpath = /var/log/mongodb/mongod.log logappend = true journal = true
For most standalone servers, this is a sufficient base configuration. It makes several assumptions, but consider the following explanation:
bind_ip is 127.0.0.1, which forces the server to only listen for requests on the localhost IP. Only bind to secure interfaces that the application-level systems can access with access control provided by system network filtering (i.e. “firewall”).
port is 27017, which is the default MongoDB port for database instances. MongoDB can bind to any port. You can also filter access based on port using network filtering tools.
UNIX-like systems require superuser privileges to attach processes to ports lower than 1024.
quiet is true. This disables all but the most critical entries in output/log file. In normal operation this is the preferable operation to avoid log noise. In diagnostic or testing situations, set this value to false. Use setParameter to modify this setting during run time.
dbpath is /srv/mongodb, which specifies where MongoDB will store its data files. /srv/mongodb and /var/lib/mongodb are popular locations. The user account that mongod runs under will need read and write access to this directory.
Given the default configuration, some of these values may be redundant. However, in many situations explicitly stating the configuration increases overall system intelligibility.
The following collection of configuration options are useful for limiting access to a mongod instance. Consider the following:
bind_ip = 127.0.0.1,10.8.0.10,192.168.4.24 nounixsocket = true auth = true
Consider the following explanation for these configuration decisions:
“bind_ip” has three values: 127.0.0.1, the localhost interface; 10.8.0.10, a private IP address typically used for local networks and VPN interfaces; and 192.168.4.24, a private network interface typically used for local networks.
Because production MongoDB instances need to be accessible from multiple database servers, it is important to bind MongoDB to multiple interfaces that are accessible from your application servers. At the same time it’s important to limit these interfaces to interfaces controlled and protected at the network layer.
“nounixsocket” to true disables the UNIX Socket, which is otherwise enabled by default. This limits access on the local system. This is desirable when running MongoDB on systems with shared access, but in most situations has minimal impact.
“auth” is true enables the authentication system within MongoDB. If enabled you will need to log in by connecting over the localhost interface for the first time to create user credentials.
replSet = set0
Use descriptive names for sets. Once configured use the mongo shell to add hosts to the replica set.
To enable authentication for the replica set, add the following option:
keyFile = /srv/mongodb/keyfile
New in version 1.8: for replica sets, and 1.9.1 for sharded replica sets.
Setting keyFile enables authentication and specifies a key file for the replica set member use to when authenticating to each other. The content of the key file is arbitrary, but must be the same on all members of the replica set and mongos instances that connect to the set. The keyfile must be less than one kilobyte in size and may only contain characters in the base64 set and the file must not have group or “world” permissions on UNIX systems.
The Replica set Reconfiguration section for information regarding the process for changing replica set during operation.
Additionally, consider the Replica Set Security section for information on configuring authentication with replica sets.
Finally, see the Replication document for more information on replication in MongoDB and replica set configuration in general.
In many cases running multiple instances of mongod on a single system is not recommended. On some types of deployments  and for testing purposes you may need to run more than one mongod on a single system.
In these cases, use a base configuration for each instance, but consider the following configuration values:
dbpath = /srv/mongodb/db0/ pidfilepath = /srv/mongodb/db0.pid
The dbpath value controls the location of the mongod instance’s data directory. Ensure that each database has a distinct and well labeled data directory. The pidfilepath controls where mongod process places it’s process id file. As this tracks the specific mongod file, it is crucial that file be unique and well labeled to make it easy to start and stop these processes.
Create additional control scripts and/or adjust your existing MongoDB configuration and control script as needed to control these processes.
|||Single-tenant systems with SSD or other high performance disks may provide acceptable performance levels for multiple mongod instances. Additionally, you may find that multiple databases with small working sets may function acceptably on a single system.|
The following configuration options control various mongod behaviors for diagnostic purposes. The following settings have default values that tuned for general production purposes:
slowms = 50 profile = 3 verbose = true diaglog = 3 objcheck = true cpu = true
Use the base configuration and add these options if you are experiencing some unknown issue or performance problem as needed:
slowms configures the threshold for the database profiler to consider a query “slow.” The default value is 100 milliseconds. Set a lower value if the database profiler does not return useful results. See Optimization Strategies for MongoDB for more information on optimizing operations in MongoDB.
profile sets the database profiler level. The profiler is not active by default because of the possible impact on the profiler itself on performance. Unless this setting has a value, queries are not profiled.
verbose enables a verbose logging mode that modifies mongod output and increases logging to include a greater number of events. Only use this option if you are experiencing an issue that is not reflected in the normal logging level. If you require additional verbosity, consider the following options:
v = true vv = true vvv = true vvvv = true vvvvv = true
Each additional level v adds additional verbosity to the logging. The verbose option is equal to v = true.
objcheck forces mongod to validate all requests from clients upon receipt. Use this option to ensure that invalid requests are not causing errors, particularly when running a database with untrusted clients. This option may affect database performance.
cpu forces mongod to report the percentage of the last interval spent in write lock. The interval is typically 4 seconds, and each output line in the log includes both the actual interval since the last report and the percentage of time spent in write lock.