How to Install MongoDB on Windows

In this MongoDB tutorial, I am listing down the steps to install MongoDB on windows machine. Also, we will learn about few basic operations related to start and shutdown of MongoDB.

Table of Contents

1) Download MongoDB
2) Install MongoDB
3) Create mongo.config Configuration File
4) Start/Shutdown the MongoDB Server
5) MongoDB Windows Service
6) Download/Use MongoDB Java Driver
7) Verify MongoDB Installation

1. Download MongoDB

There are three builds of MongoDB for Windows:

1) MongoDB for Windows Server 2008 R2 edition [Download link]

2) MongoDB for Windows 64-bit [Download link]

3) MongoDB for Windows 32-bit [Download link]

To find which version of Windows you are running, enter the following command in the Command Prompt:
c:\> wmic os get osarchitecture

More download options are given in official website of MongoDB.

2. Install MongoDB

The given links above will download zip files which you extract directly onto any place in your system of your choice. I have extracted them in “d:/mongodb“. So, all code samples will in this post as well as future posts will refer to this location.

It’s recommended to add d:/mongodb/bin to Windows environment variable, so that you can access the MongoDB’s commands in command prompt directly.

Also, please create following directories inside d:/mongodb

  • D:\mongodb\data
  • D:\mongodb\log

3. Create mongo.config Configuration File

This is important step before marching ahead. Create a normal text file in location d:/mongodb and save it with name mongo.config.
Now place the below configuration options in file. You can change the option’s values at your will.

##Which IP address(es) mongod should bind to. 
bind_ip =

##Which port mongod should bind to.
port = 27017

##I set this to true, so that only critical events and errors are logged.
quiet = true

##store data here
##The path to the log file to which mongod should write its log messages.

##I set this to true so that the log is not overwritten upon restart of mongod.
logappend = true
##log read and write operations

##It ensures write durability and data consistency much as any journaling scheme would be expected to do. 
##Only set this to false if you don’t really care about your data (or more so, the loss of it).
journal = true

4. Start/Shutdown the MongoDB Server

To start the MongoDB server, use below command in command prompt:

mongod.exe –config d:\mongodb\mongo.config

D:\mongodb\bin>mongod --config D:\mongodb\mongo.config --journal
2014-05-25T16:51:18.433+0530 warning: --diaglog is deprecated and will be removed in a future release
2014-05-25T16:51:18.434+0530 diagLogging level=3
2014-05-25T16:51:18.435+0530 diagLogging using file D:\mongodb\data/diaglog.5381d22e

To connect to MongoDB from command prompt, use below command:


MongoDB shell version: 2.6.1
connecting to: test
Welcome to the MongoDB shell.
For interactive help, type "help".
For more comprehensive documentation, see
Questions? Try the support group!forum/mongodb-user
Server has startup warnings:
2014-05-25T16:52:09.158+0530 [initandlisten]
2014-05-25T16:52:09.158+0530 [initandlisten] ** NOTE: This is a 32 bit MongoDB binary.
2014-05-25T16:52:09.158+0530 [initandlisten] **       32 bit builds are limited to less than 2GB of data (or less with --jour
2014-05-25T16:52:09.158+0530 [initandlisten] **       See
2014-05-25T16:52:09.158+0530 [initandlisten]

To shutdown the MongoDB server, you must be authorized user. So after getting auth complete, use below command in command prompt:


> use admin
switched to db admin
> db.shutdownServer()
2014-05-25T19:55:25.221+0530 DBClientCursor::init call() failed
server should be down...
2014-05-25T19:55:25.224+0530 trying reconnect to ( failed
2014-05-25T19:55:26.225+0530 warning: Failed to connect to, reason: errno:10061 No connection could be made b
ecause the target machine actively refused it.
2014-05-25T19:55:26.225+0530 reconnect ( failed failed couldn't connect to server (, connection attempt failed
> quit()


5. MongoDB Windows Service

To install the window service, use below command:

mongod –config D:\mongodb\mongo.config –install

Start the windows service from command prompt:

net start MongoDB

Stop the windows service from command prompt:

net stop MongoDB

Remove the windows service

mongod –remove

Sample run of all above four commands is below:

D:\mongodb\bin>mongod --config D:\mongodb\mongo.config --install
2014-05-25T20:07:41.191+0530 warning: --diaglog is deprecated and will be removed in a future release
2014-05-25T20:07:41.192+0530 diagLogging level=3
2014-05-25T20:07:41.193+0530 diagLogging using file D:\mongodb\data/diaglog.53820035

D:\mongodb\bin>net start MongoDB

The MongoDB service was started successfully.

D:\mongodb\bin>net stop MongoDB
System error 109 has occurred.

The pipe has been ended.

D:\mongodb\bin>mongod --remove
2014-05-25T20:09:32.515+0530 warning: 32-bit servers don't have journaling enabled by default. Please use --journal if you wa
nt durability.
2014-05-25T20:09:32.518+0530 Trying to remove Windows service 'MongoDB'
2014-05-25T20:09:32.520+0530 Service 'MongoDB' removed

6. Download/Use MongoDB Java Driver

Download the MongoDB java driver (mongo-java-driver-2.9.3.jar) from this download link. It’s a jar file you need to include in your classpath/ copy in lib folder in project where you want to use MongoDB.

7. Verify MongoDB Installation

To verify that MongoDB has been installed and working properly, execute below program:

package examples.mongodb.install;

import java.util.List;

import com.mongodb.MongoClient;

public class VerifyMongoDBInstallation {
	public static void main(String[] args) throws UnknownHostException {
		MongoClient mongo = new MongoClient("localhost", 27017);

		List<String> dbs = mongo.getDatabaseNames();
		for (String db : dbs) {



That’s all for MongoDB windows installation, startup and shutdown operations. Next, we will learn about some CRUD operations. Follow me to stay tuned.

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14 thoughts on “How to Install MongoDB on Windows”

  1. hey can anyone help me out in this error..

    C:\Windows\system32>mongod.exe –config d:\Mongodb\mongo.config
    Error parsing INI config file: the options configuration file contains an invali
    d line ‘∩╗┐’
    try ‘mongod.exe –help’ for more information
    i’m not understanding the error..

  2. When I try to install windows service it runs properly but when I try to run net start MongoDB command it says service name is invalid. I checked in services there are no services related to mongodb

  3. Hi Lokesh,

    I am stuck at #4 of this installation document.

    1) mongod.exe –config C:\***\Software\mongodb-2.6.1\mongo.config

    When I execute this command, I get the following output
    Invalid command: ΓÇôconfig

    2) when I just try to run the mongo
    I get the following output

    MongoDB shell version: 2.6.1
    connecting to: test
    2014-06-10T15:13:43.160-0400 warning: Failed to connect to, reas
    on: errno:10061 No connection could be made because the target machine actively
    refused it.
    2014-06-10T15:13:43.193-0400 Error: couldn’t connect to server (, connection attempt failed at src/mongo/shell/mongo.js:146
    exception: connect failed

    What should be correct IP and port to be used

    Please help.


  4. Hi , Lokesh
    Thanks for this tutorial.
    I am very interested to more about mangoDB.

    I tried the installation. But the command which you have told for installation mongod –config D:\mongodb\mongo.config –install , for me on run of this command , it is giving me mangod.exe is not recognized as a internal or external command eventhough I have setted the path till D:\MangoDB\mongodb-win32-x86_64-2.6.1\bin in my path variable of environment variables.

    And in mango.config file in following fileds
    ##Which IP address(es) mongod should bind to.
    bind_ip =

    ##Which port mongod should bind to.
    port = 27017
    bind_ip will contain my machine IP address or something else , what port no you have given, is it by default port no. for mango db like other relational database oracle port 1521


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