Introducing the MongoDB Atlas Data API, Now Available in Preview

Emma Lullo and Sumedha Mehta

As the leading application data platform, we’re hyper-focused on accelerating and simplifying how developers leverage their application data. This has led to the introduction of features like serverless instances and the Atlas Triggers that minimize the operational burden associated with traditional database workloads.

Today, we’re excited to announce the next step forward in this mission with the introduction of the MongoDB Atlas Data API – a fully managed, REST-like API for accessing your Atlas data. The Data API makes it easy to perform CRUD and aggregations on your data in minutes and allows you to query MongoDB from your backend in any language, without the need for drivers.

The next level of data access

Organizations are increasingly relying on operational data layers to build distributed architectures like microservices for their modern applications to speed-up development and stay competitive in rapidly changing markets. These stacks often require scalable, highly available, and secure access to the data layer.

The most popular way to architect these data services is to build APIs that communicate with MongoDB data over HTTPS using REST or similar protocols. However, creating a custom-built API typically takes a lot of time and effort. It's a painful process that introduces unnecessary operational burdens like provisioning additional servers, connection management, and scaling.

With the Atlas Data API, customers can generate a fully managed, REST-like API for their Atlas data in seconds. Developers no longer need to worry about the underlying infrastructuring of their APIs, and instead can enjoy the efficiency of intuitive, out-of-the box data access, while still being able to leverage the always-on and highly available qualities of Atlas as the underlying database.

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This unlocks a whole new level of developer productivity for use cases that were previously time consuming to accomplish – such as building data-centric microservices, simplifying access from serverless functions, and integrating with third party services . The API even has built-in support for aggregation pipelines to use with services like Atlas Search.

Try the Atlas Data API

All customers now have the ability to enable the Data API for their Atlas deployment. We invite you to try it out today with a new or existing Atlas account.

It’s incredibly easy to get started: simply choose the cluster you’d like to connect to and generate an API key. That’s all it takes to set up and start accessing Atlas data.

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Have questions? Check out our documentation or head over to our community forums to get answers from fellow developers.

What's next for the Atlas Data API

This preview release is just the beginning. Support for services like Data Lake and Serverless Instances will be added over the coming months. And, long term, we see the Data API as the next step in our journey to abstract and automate infrastructure decisions – to help developers build the future faster.

Atlas Data API documentation can be found here