This article is the first article of a three-part MongoDB tutorial series.


Welcome to the MongoDB Tutorial. This is the first part in the MongoDB article series.

Below are the links to all the three parts:

  1. Mongo DB Tutorial and Mapping of SQL and Mongo DB Query
  2. MongoDB Tutorial – Day 2
  3. MongoDB Tutorial – Day 3 (Performance – Indexing)

In the first part and as we are new to MongoDB and No-SQL, I would like to start with the definition of No-SQL.

No-SQL: No-SQL stands for Not Only SQL. No-SQL is a not relational based database.No-SQL databases does not follow the rules of RDMS and No-SQL databases does not use SQL to query the data.

No-SQL databases can be divided in to four categories:

  1. Document Store
  2. Graph Store
  3. Column Value Store
  4. Key-Value Store

MongoDB comes under Document Store database.

Document Store Databases: In Document Store Database, Data stored in form of documents. It extends the Key value Store Database Concept.

Mongo DB and Couch DB are two main Document Store Databases. Mongo DB stores data in form of Documents. Here is an example of a sample document.

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Set Up Mongo DB on Machine

Download MongoDB from the below MongoDB official Site (Download MSI file as per your Operating System).

Install MSI file (In case of Window Operation System, default location is (C:\Program Files\MongoDB).

Copy this folder and place this in your C Drive or any other drive and create a folder in C drive named data and a folder named db inside data folder.

So in C drive, we have two folders now:

  1. MongoDB (copied from Installation Location)
  2. data/db (create a folder named data and a folder named db inside data folder)

Start Mongo DB

Go to the bin folder inside MongoDB folder which we placed in c drive.

In my case, bin folder is inside MongoDB folder. (It can be inside server folder as well as below)

C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.0\bin

and double click on the Mongod.exe (It will open a command prompt and it will start the MongoDB server).

Last line should say “Waiting for connections…” as below it means our Mongo DB server has been started successfully:

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Download RoboMongo

RoboMongo. Shell-centric cross-platform open source MongoDB management tool (i.e., Admin GUI). [It] embeds the same JavaScript engine (based on Mozilla SpiderMonkey), that powers MongoDB’s mongo shell. It means that you can reuse your existing skills of MongoDB Shell in Robomongo.

We can download Robomongo from Robomongo Original Site named Here is the URL:

Once download, run the EXE and go to the file–>Connect (Make sure your mongodb server is up and running which we ran in the last step through Mongod.exe)

MongoDB Terminology

Before going forward, we should know the terminology of MongoDB:

OperationIn SQLIn MongoDB

Key Points of MongoDB

  1. MongoDB Stores Data in Json Format (We call it BSON(Binary JSON))
  2. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notations and looks like {“Name”:”Vijay”}
  3. JSON documents store data in Key Value Pair like {“X”:1,”Y”:2,”Z”:3}
  4. There are two basic structures inside JSON:
    1. Array: List of things is represented in List of Items [……..]
    2. Dictionaries: Associate Maps {key:Value}For example {Name : ‘Vijay’,City : ‘Shamli’,interest : [“Sports” ,”Music” ]}
      Name and city is dictionary and Interest is an Array.
  5. Mongo Db is Schema less, Schema Less means two documents don’t need to be same schema.
    First Document in a collection can be: {Name:”Vijay”,Email:””}
    Second Document in same collection can be: {Name:”Vijay”,Email:””,Address : “Delhi”}
  6. MongoDB does not support Joins.
  7. Mongo DB does not support Transactions.

It’s Query Time

We will see here some of the query which we run in SQL server on a daily basis and equivalent query in Mongo DB.

For this, I created a table in SQL server with the below schema and a same collection (Remember table is a collection in MongoDB) in MongoDB.

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We will create the same table in MongoDB and different operations on this table using MongoDB.

Select Databaseuse Testuse Test
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We will get a message “switched to db Test”.

Insert RecordSQLCopy CodeInsert into Student Values_ (1,’Vijay’, ‘’, _ ‘9711965544’,’Delhi’)SQLCopy Codedb.Student.insert(_ {“_id”:1,”Name”:”Vijay”,_ “Email”:””, “PhoneNo”:”9711965544″,_ “Address”:”Delhi”} )
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Note_id works as a primary key in MongoDb. If we will not insert any value in this column, then MongoDB will automatically insert a unique ID in Table.

Inserting some more records in both SQL Server and in MongoDB (Attaching SQL script and MongoDB script)

After running scripts, we have the below data in Student table (SQL server and in MongoDB) databases.

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SelectSelect all Columns:select * from studentSelect few Column:select ID,Name from StudentSelect all Columns:db.Student.find()Select few Column:db.Student.find({},{"Name":true})We use find() Method to pull all the records from the table.
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Where ClauseSQLCopy Codeselect * from student _ where Name=’Vijay’SQLCopy Codedb.Student.find({Name:”Vijay”})
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Greater Than and Less Thanselect * from student where ID>2select * from student where ID>=2select * from student where ID<2select * from student where ID<=2db.Student.find({_id:{$gt:2}})db.Student.find({_id:{$gte:2}})db.Student.find({_id:{$lt:2}})db.Student.find({_id:{$lte:2}})We use $gt/$gte for Greater Than/Greater Than Equal and $lt/$lte for Less Than/Less Than Equal
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LikeBelow query will Find all the records where letter P exists somewhere in Name Columnselect * from student where Name like '%P%'Suppose we want to find all the records where Name ends with letter ‘aselect * from student where Name like '%a'Suppose we want to fetch all the records where Name starts with Letter ‘Pselect * from student where Name like 'p%'In Mongo DB, we use $regex operator to check whether letter ‘P‘ exists somewhere in Name Column.db.Student.find({Name:{$regex:"P"}})Below query will Fetch all the records where Name ends with letter ‘adb.Student.find({Name:{$regex:"a$"}})Below query will Fetch all the records where Name starts with letter ‘Pdb.Student.find({Name:{$regex:"^P"}})
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And/OrAnd:SQLCopy Codeselect * from Student_ where Name =’Vijay’_ and phoneNo=’9711965544′Or:SQLCopy Codeselect * from Student_ where Name =’Vijay’_ or phoneNo=’9711997119′And:SQLCopy Codedb.Student.find_ ({$and :[{Name :’Vijay’},_ {PhoneNo : ‘9711965544’}]})Or:SQLCopy Codedb.Student.find_ ({$or:[{Name :’Vijay’},_ {PhoneNo : ‘9711997119’}]})
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inSQLCopy Codeselect * from Student where id in(1,3,5)Copy Codedb.Student.find({_id:{$in:[1,3,5]}})
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Count/SortCount all the records :select count(*) from StudentSort Records in ascending order:select * from student order by NameSort in descending order :select * from student order by Name descCount all the records :db.Student.find().count()Sort Records in ascending order:db.Student.find().sort({Name:1})Sort in descending order :db.Student.find().sort({Name:-1})
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UpdateSQLCopy Codeupdate student set phoneNo=’2222222222′,_ Address=’USA’ where ID=4SQLCopy Codedb.Student.update({_id:4},_ {$set:{PhoneNo:’2222222222′,_ Address:’USA’}})Upsert:SQLCopy Codedb.Student.update({_id:9},_ {$set:{PhoneNo:’2222222222′,_ Address:’USA’}},{upsert:true})The above query will search a document where _id is 9. There will be an _id with 9 it will update phoneNo and Address, otherwise it will insert a new document where _id is 9.Multi:Suppose we execute the below query:SQLCopy Codedb.Student.update({Name:”Vijay”},_ {$set:{PhoneNo:’2222222222′,_ Address:’USA’}})It will update only one record (remember only first Match where name is “Vijay“). But if we want to update all the records where Name is “Vijay” then we will pass multi argument alsoSQLCopy Codedb.Student.update({Name:”Vijay”},_ {$set:{PhoneNo:’2222222222′,_   Address:’USA’}},_ {multi:true})
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Delete/Remove/DropDelete with Condition:Delete from student where ID=5Delete all the records:Delete from StudentDrop:drop table StudentDelete with Condition:db.Student.remove({_id:5})Delete all the records:db.Student.remove({})Drop:db.Student.drop()
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Topselect Top 2* from StudentLimit:db.Student.find().limit(2)Skip:db.Student.find().skip(2).limit(2)As the name suggests, skip will skip the number of documents and limit will limit the number of records.
distinctselect distinct Name from Studentdb.Student.distinct("Name")
BackupSQLCopy CodeBACKUP DATABASE Test TO DISK = ‘C:\Vijay\Test.Bak’ WITH FORMAT, MEDIANAME = ‘Z_SQLServerBackups’, NAME = ‘Full Backup of Test Database’;Go to the Command Prompt and run the below command (assuming your mongodump exe is inside bin folder, if it is a different location, then change this location accordingly)C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.0\bin\mongodump –db Test

MongoDB Functions

In MongoDB databases, we can create functions like in SQL Server. MongoDB provides us a collection named as System.js for this.

System.js collection contains two keys:

  1. _id_id is the function name.
  2. valuevalue contains actual function definition.

For example, suppose we want to create a function which will accept two parameters named firstname and lastname and will return full name.CCopy Code
     _id: "FullName",
     value : function(FirstName,LastName) { return FirstName + ' ' + LastName; }

In order to call this function, we need to load server scripts first, and then we can call this function as below:CCopy Code


Vijay Rana will be the result when we will call this function.

Auto Increment ID (Identity in SQL Server) in MongoDB

In MongoDB, _id works as a primary key. If we don’t insert any value in _id field, then MongoDB automatically insert a unique hexadecimal value in this column. But if we want to enter auto increment integer value (Like Identity in SQL Server or Sequence in Oracle) in this field, then there is no direct way to do so. For this, we need to follow the below steps:

Step 1

Create a collection (Identity in my case) which will hold the counter:C#Copy Code

db.createCollection("Identity")    // Identity is my collection Name

Step 2

Insert a document in this collection with intial counter value:C#Copy Code


Step 3

Create a function which will increment this sequence_value and add that function in system.js as below:C#Copy Code
     _id: "getNextIdentity",                                            
     value : function getNextIdentity(sequenceName)
        var sequenceDocument = db.Identity.findAndModify
                query:{_id: sequenceName },
                update: {$inc:{sequence_value:1}},
        return sequenceDocument.sequence_value;

Step 4

While inserting a document, we can call this function, which will return an incremented value as below:C#Copy Code


In the next article, I will talk about the rest of the MongoDB commands. How we will generate Auto Increment ID as we normally does in SQL Server (Identity Column) and we will see the connectivity of .NET with MongoDB.