Install MongoDB on Debian¶
Use this tutorial to install MongoDB on Debian systems. The tutorial uses .deb packages to install. While some Debian distributions include their own MongoDB packages, the official MongoDB packages are generally more up to date.
This tutorial applies to both Debian systems and versions of Ubuntu Linux prior to 9.10 “Karmic” which do not use Upstart. Other Ubuntu users will want to follow the Install MongoDB on Ubuntu tutorial.
MongoDB provides packages of the officially supported MongoDB builds in it’s own repository. This repository provides the MongoDB distribution in the following packages:
This package is a metapackage that will automatically install the four component packages listed below.
This package contains the mongod daemon and associated configuration and init scripts.
This package contains the mongos daemon.
This package contains the mongo shell.
The mongodb-org package includes various control scripts, including the init script /etc/init.d/mongod.
The package configures MongoDB using the /etc/mongod.conf file in conjunction with the control scripts. See Configuration File Options for documentation of the configuration file.
For production deployments, always run MongoDB on 64-bit systems.
You cannot install this package concurrently with the mongodb, mongodb-server, or mongodb-clients packages that your release of Debian may include.
The default ‘’/etc/mongodb.conf’’ configuration file supplied by the 2.6 series ‘’.deb’’ package has ‘’bind_ip’’ set to ‘‘127.0.0.1’’ by default. Ensure that this is changed to the appropriate value for your environment before activating a replica set.
The Debian package management tools (i.e. dpkg and apt) ensure package consistency and authenticity by requiring that distributors sign packages with GPG keys.
Create a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb.list file for MongoDB.¶
Create the list file using the following command:
echo 'deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/debian-sysvinit dist 10gen' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb.list
Reload local package database.¶
Issue the following command to reload the local package database:
sudo apt-get update
Install the MongoDB packages.¶
You can install either the latest stable version of MongoDB or a specific version of MongoDB.
Install the latest stable version of MongoDB.¶
Issue the following command:
sudo apt-get install mongodb-org
Install a specific release of MongoDB.¶
Specify each component package individually and append the version number to the package name, as in the following example that installs the 2.6.1 release of MongoDB:
apt-get install mongodb-org=2.6.1 mongodb-org-server=2.6.1 mongodb-org-shell=2.6.1 mongodb-org-mongos=2.6.1 mongodb-org-tools=2.6.1
Pin a specific version of MongoDB.¶
Although you can specify any available version of MongoDB, apt-get will upgrade the packages when a newer version becomes available. To prevent unintended upgrades, pin the package. To pin the version of MongoDB at the currently installed version, issue the following command sequence:
echo "mongodb-org hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "mongodb-org-server hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "mongodb-org-shell hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "mongodb-org-mongos hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "mongodb-org-tools hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections
Previous versions of MongoDB packages use different naming conventions. See the 2.4 version of documentation for more information.
The MongoDB instance stores its data files in /var/lib/mongo and its log files in /var/log/mongo, and runs using the mongod user account. If you change the user that runs the MongoDB process, you must modify the access control rights to the /var/lib/mongo and /var/log/mongo directories.