Test Primary Failover
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This feature is not available for
M0 free clusters,
M5 clusters. To learn more about which features are unavailable,
see Atlas M0 (Free Cluster), M2, and M5 Limitations.
Atlas conducts replica set elections when it makes configuration changes, such as patch updates, scaling events, and when failures occur. Your applications should handle replica set elections without any downtime. To learn how to build a resilient application, see Build a Resilient Application with MongoDB Atlas.
You can enable retryable writes by adding retryWrites=true to your Atlas URI connection string. To learn more, see Retryable Writes.
You can use the Atlas UI and API to test the failure of the replica set primary in your Atlas cluster and observe how your application handles a replica set failover.
To start a failover test, you must have
Organization Owner or
Project Owner access to
Test Primary Failover Process
When you submit a request to test primary failover, Atlas simulates a failover event. During this process:
Atlas shuts down the current primary.
The members of the replica set hold an election to choose which of the secondaries will become the new primary.
Atlas brings the original primary back to the replica set as a secondary. When the old primary rejoins the replica set, it will sync with the new primary to catch up any writes that occurred during its downtime.
The following statements describe Atlas behavior during rollovers and when testing failover in sharded clusters:
If the original primary accepted write operations that had not been successfully replicated to the secondaries when the primary stepped down, the primary rolls back those write operations when it re-joins the replica set and begins synchronizing. To learn more, see Rollbacks During Replica Set Failover. Contact MongoDB Support for assistance with resolving rollbacks.
mongosprocesses that are on the same instances as the primaries of the replica sets in the sharded cluster are restarted.
The primaries of the replica sets in the sharded cluster are restarted in parallel.
Verify the Failover
To verify that the failover is successful:
Log in to the Atlas UI and click Database.
Click the name of the cluster for which you performed the failover test.
Observe the following changes in the list of nodes in the Overview tab:
PRIMARYnode is now a
SECONDARYnode is now the
Troubleshoot Failover Issues
If your application doesn't handle the failover gracefully, ensure the following:
You are using the DNS Seed List Connection Format.
You are using the latest version of the driver.
You have implemented appropriate retry logic in your application.