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View Database Access History

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  • Required Access
  • Procedure


  • This feature is not available for M0 free clusters, M2, and M5 clusters. To learn more, see Atlas M0 (Free Cluster), M2, and M5 Limits.

  • This feature is not supported on Serverless instances at this time. To learn more, see Serverless Instance Limitations.

Atlas parses the MongoDB database logs to collect a list of authentication requests made against your clusters through the following methods:

  • mongosh

  • Compass

  • Drivers

Authentication requests made with API Keys through the Atlas Administration API are not logged.

Atlas logs the following information for each authentication request within the last 7 days:

The date and time of the authentication request.

The username associated with the database user who made the authentication request.

For LDAP usernames, the UI displays the resolved LDAP name. Hover over the name to see the full LDAP username.

IP Address
The IP address of the machine that sent the authentication request.
The target server that processed the authentication request.
Authentication Source
The database that the authentication request was made against. admin is the authentication source for SCRAM-SHA users and $external for LDAP users.
Authentication Result
The success or failure of the authentication request. A reason code is displayed for the failed authentication requests.

Authentication requests are pre-sorted by descending timestamp with 25 entries per page.

If a cluster experiences an activity spike and generates an extremely large quantity of log messages, Atlas may stop collecting and storing new logs for a period of time.


Log analysis rate limits apply only to the Performance Advisor UI, the Query Insights UI, the Access Tracking UI, and the Atlas Search Query Analytics UI. Downloadable log files are always complete.

If authentication requests occur during a period when logs are not collected, they will not appear in the database access history.

To view database access history, you must have Project Owner or Organization Owner access to Atlas.

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