MongoDB find document examples

Learn to find documents in MongoDB. This mongodb find document tutorial covers a number of ways to query a single document or find multiple documents based on same condition as we do in SQL using WHERE CLAUSE.

Table of Contents

1) Select all documents from a collection
2) Select first document from a collection
3) Select single document and limited field(s) from a collection
4) Select all documents with unique id from a collection
5) Document ids IN clause example
6) Document ids less than or greater than clause example
7) Document ids NOT IN clause example
8) Documents matching multiple fields example
9) Documents matching field value to some REGEX example

MongoDB find document – test data preparation

For building and running examples used in this tutorial, I have populated 20 employee documents in database with employeeId from 1 to 20, and employeeName from TestEmployee_1 to TestEmployee_10.

private static void setUpTestData(DBCollection collection){
    for (int i=1; i <= 10; i++) {
        collection.insert(new BasicDBObject().append("employeeId", i).append("employeeName", "TestEmployee_"+i));
    }
}

Now run our examples and fetch the data on different scenarios.

1. MongoDB find() – Select all documents from a collection

private static void selectAllRecordsFromACollection(DBCollection collection) 
{
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find();
    while(cursor.hasNext())
    {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0142"} , "employeeId" : 1 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_1"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0143"} , "employeeId" : 2 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_2"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0144"} , "employeeId" : 3 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_3"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0145"} , "employeeId" : 4 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_4"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0146"} , "employeeId" : 5 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_5"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0147"} , "employeeId" : 6 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_6"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0148"} , "employeeId" : 7 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_7"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad0149"} , "employeeId" : 8 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_8"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad014a"} , "employeeId" : 9 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_9"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782753641d31b0cad014b"} , "employeeId" : 10 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_10"}

2. MongoDB findOne() – Select first document from a collection

private static void selectFirstRecordInCollection(DBCollection collection) 
{
    DBObject dbObject = collection.findOne();
    System.out.println(dbObject);
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538782a53641ed9125df86c0"} , "employeeId" : 1 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_1"}

3. MongoDB where clause – Select single document and limited field(s) from a collection

private static void selectSingleRecordAndFieldByRecordNumber(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject whereQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    whereQuery.put("employeeId", 5);
    BasicDBObject fields = new BasicDBObject();
    fields.put("employeeId", 1);
 
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(whereQuery, fields);
    while (cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "53878332364101041fb2c141"} , "employeeId" : 5}

4. MongoDB find by document id

private static void selectAllRecordByRecordNumber(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject whereQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    whereQuery.put("employeeId", 5);
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(whereQuery);
    while(cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783623641e9b2da299fa7"} , "employeeId" : 5 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_5"}

5. MongoDB IN clause example

private static void in_Example(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject inQuery = new BasicDBObject();

    List<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
    list.add(2);
    list.add(4);
    list.add(5);

    inQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$in", list));

    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(inQuery);
    while(cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "5387838d3641024de174c795"} , "employeeId" : 2 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_2"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "5387838d3641024de174c797"} , "employeeId" : 4 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_4"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "5387838d3641024de174c798"} , "employeeId" : 5 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_5"}

6. MongoDB – Less than or greater than clause example

private static void lessThan_GreaterThan_Example(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject getQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    getQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$gt", 2).append("$lt", 5));
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(getQuery);
    while(cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783b63641720cd34f98c8"} , "employeeId" : 3 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_3"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783b63641720cd34f98c9"} , "employeeId" : 4 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_4"}

7. MongoDb NOT IN clause example

private static void negation_Example(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject neQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    neQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$ne", 4));
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(neQuery);
    while(cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400510"} , "employeeId" : 1 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_1"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400511"} , "employeeId" : 2 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_2"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400512"} , "employeeId" : 3 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_3"} 
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400514"} , "employeeId" : 5 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_5"} //4 is missing
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400515"} , "employeeId" : 6 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_6"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400516"} , "employeeId" : 7 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_7"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400517"} , "employeeId" : 8 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_8"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400518"} , "employeeId" : 9 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_9"}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538783db3641d3ca9d400519"} , "employeeId" : 10 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_10"}

8. MongoDb find documents matching multiple fields example

private static void andLogicalComparison_Example(DBCollection collection) 
{
    BasicDBObject andQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    List<BasicDBObject> obj = new ArrayList<BasicDBObject>();
    obj.add(new BasicDBObject("employeeId", 2));
    obj.add(new BasicDBObject("employeeName", "TestEmployee_2"));
    andQuery.put("$and", obj);
 
    System.out.println(andQuery.toString());
 
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(andQuery);
    while (cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "$and" : [ { "employeeId" : 2} , { "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_2"}]}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "5387840336418a41167caaa4"} , "employeeId" : 2 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_2"}

9. MongoDb find documents matching REGEX example

private static void regex_Example(DBCollection collection) {
    BasicDBObject regexQuery = new BasicDBObject();
    regexQuery.put("employeeName", 
        new BasicDBObject("$regex", "TestEmployee_[3]")
        .append("$options", "i"));
 
    System.out.println(regexQuery.toString());
 
    DBCursor cursor = collection.find(regexQuery);
    while (cursor.hasNext()) {
        System.out.println(cursor.next());
    }
}

Program Output.

{ "employeeName" : { "$regex" : "TestEmployee_[3]" , "$options" : "i"}}
{ "_id" : { "$oid" : "538784213641917ce7068c57"} , "employeeId" : 3 , "employeeName" : "TestEmployee_3"}

10. All mondodb find query examples

package examples.mongodb.crud;

import java.net.UnknownHostException;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import com.mongodb.BasicDBObject;
import com.mongodb.DB;
import com.mongodb.DBCollection;
import com.mongodb.DBCursor;
import com.mongodb.DBObject;
import com.mongodb.MongoClient;
import com.mongodb.WriteResult;

public class MongoDBSelectExample {
    
    private static void setUpTestData(DBCollection collection){
        for (int i=1; i <= 10; i++) {
            collection.insert(new BasicDBObject().append("employeeId", i).append("employeeName", "TestEmployee_"+i));
        }
    }
    
    public static void main(String[] args) throws UnknownHostException 
    {
        MongoClient mongo = new MongoClient("localhost", 27017);
        DB db = mongo.getDB("howtodoinjava");
        DBCollection collection = db.getCollection("users");
        
        //Delete All documents before running example again
        WriteResult result = collection.remove(new BasicDBObject());
        System.out.println(result.toString());
        
        //Set up test data
        setUpTestData(collection);
        
        //Select all document from a collection
        selectAllRecordsFromACollection(collection);
        
        //Select first document in collection
        selectFirstRecordInCollection(collection);
        
        //Select single document and single field based on record number
        selectSingleRecordAndFieldByRecordNumber(collection);
        
        //Select all documents where record number = n
        selectAllRecordByRecordNumber(collection);
        
        //In example
        in_Example(collection);
        
        //Less than OR greater than example
        lessThan_GreaterThan_Example(collection);
        
        //Select document where record number != n
        negation_Example(collection);
        
        //And logical comparison query example
        andLogicalComparison_Example(collection);
        
        //Select documents based on regex match LIKE example
        regex_Example(collection);
        
    }

    private static void selectFirstRecordInCollection(DBCollection collection) {
        DBObject dbObject = collection.findOne();
        System.out.println(dbObject);
    }

    private static void selectAllRecordsFromACollection(DBCollection collection) {
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find();
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void selectSingleRecordAndFieldByRecordNumber(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject whereQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        whereQuery.put("employeeId", 5);
        BasicDBObject fields = new BasicDBObject();
        fields.put("employeeId", 1);
     
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(whereQuery, fields);
        while (cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void selectAllRecordByRecordNumber(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject whereQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        whereQuery.put("employeeId", 5);
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(whereQuery);
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void in_Example(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject inQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        List<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
        list.add(2);
        list.add(4);
        list.add(5);
        inQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$in", list));
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(inQuery);
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void lessThan_GreaterThan_Example(
            DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject gtQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        gtQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$gt", 2).append("$lt", 5));
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(gtQuery);
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void negation_Example(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject neQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        neQuery.put("employeeId", new BasicDBObject("$ne", 4));
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(neQuery);
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void andLogicalComparison_Example(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject andQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        List<BasicDBObject> obj = new ArrayList<BasicDBObject>();
        obj.add(new BasicDBObject("employeeId", 2));
        obj.add(new BasicDBObject("employeeName", "TestEmployee_2"));
        andQuery.put("$and", obj);
     
        System.out.println(andQuery.toString());
     
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(andQuery);
        while (cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }

    private static void regex_Example(DBCollection collection) {
        BasicDBObject regexQuery = new BasicDBObject();
        regexQuery.put("employeeName", 
            new BasicDBObject("$regex", "TestEmployee_[3]")
            .append("$options", "i"));
     
        System.out.println(regexQuery.toString());
     
        DBCursor cursor = collection.find(regexQuery);
        while (cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    }
}

That’s all for different techniques to fetch ducument from MongoDB.

Happy Learning !!

References:

MongoDB find() docs

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16 thoughts on “MongoDB find document examples”

  1. Hi
    I’m trying to find an object from different documents in a single collection. How to write it in Spring Boot

    Reply
  2. I have two entity classes/entities like below.

    @Document(collectname="book")
    public class Book{
    	@Id
    	 private  String id;
    	 private  String booName;
    	 //setter and getter
    }
    
    @Document(collection="book")
    public class Author{
    	@Id
    	 private  String id;
    	 private  String authorName;
    	 List<Book> writtenByAuthor;
    	 //setter and getter
    }
    

    Both are pointing to same collection.
    Now i want to get the data and set it to two different dto’s

    Reply
  3. Hi..Very awesome site of MongoDb and clear example. Kindly tell me any book which I can follow to learn MongoDb very in depth like you know …Thanks in advance

    Reply
  4. bonsoir, svp aidez moi à resoudre ce probleme: Dans ma Base de Données (MongoDB) j’ai deux tables. La premiere table est celle de Country et la seconde table est celle de Languages.Dans la table Country j’ai inseré comme exemple (Canada:English ,Frensh et France:Frensh) et dans la table Languages j’ai inseré seulement comme exemple(English et Frensh).Ma question est que comment creer une classe qui va me permettre de selectionner dans la table Language comme exemple (Frensh) et me donne la liste de tous les Country qui parle le (Frensh tel que Canada et France qui se trouve la table Country)?

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  5. I want to find a specific document that i inserted before and want to append a arrayList in same document .how can i do in java 8

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  6. How can i find a pre- inserted document and that time also want to append a new document In same document using java 8 with spark.

    Reply
  7. DBCursor cursor = db.getCollection("DeptDetail").find();
        while(cursor.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(cursor.next());
        }
    

    So I have try other code but this doesn’t show any output or error.

    FindIterable<Document> iterable = db.getCollection("Restaurant").find();
            iterable.forEach(new Block<Document>() {
                public void apply(final Document document) {
                    System.out.println("OUTPUT IS " +document);
                }
            });
    
    Reply
  8. Hi
    When I am trying to getDatabasesNames() from a mongoClient, I am getting java.net.SocketException: Connection reset Exception. Can anyone please help to solve this

    Thanks

    Reply
  9. Thanks for your wonderful post.
    I have one query
    DB db = mongo.getDB(“howtodoinjava”);
    DBCollection collection = db.getCollection(“users”);

    Here we are getting the ‘howtodoinjava’ and ‘users’. But where are we actually setting them.
    Might look like a dumb question. But still need help 🙂

    Thanks again. Keep Posting!!!

    Reply
  10. Nice post Lokesh, I have seen that annotations can be used to map POJO’s and documents from collections in MongoDB
    (in Spring), would be great if you take a look into it and share your experience!

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