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Getting Started Tutorial

The Getting Started tutorial guides you through possible ways of beginning your use of MongoDB Charts. New Charts users or users who have not previously used dashboards in Charts are prompted to walk through the Getting Started tutorial. Refer to the following sections for information on the possible paths that the Getting Started tutorial offers:

Use the Connect Your Data path to connect your existing Atlas clusters to MongoDB Charts and visualize your data.

  • You must have an existing Atlas cluster. If you do not have an existing Atlas cluster, you can Explore Charts with Sample Data.
  • You must have read access in your project role to connect Charts to your data. To learn more about Atlas project roles, see Atlas Project Roles

Once you have selected Connect Your Data:


Connect a cluster from your list of available clusters and click Next.


Data sources in MongoDB Charts reference a collection or view in your MongoDB deployment. You can use the fields in that collection or view to construct a chart. When you build a chart, you must specify the data source that the chart uses.


From there, you can add pipelines and adjust access permissions for your data sources.


MongoDB Charts provides a Sample Dashboard that uses movie data to show examples of possible charts you can create. You can also use the sample data source to create your own charts on other dashboards.


Click the Sample Dashboard to see the example charts created from the sample movie data. You have Owner permissions on your sample dashboard, meaning you can add, edit, and delete the charts it contains.


If you remove the Sample Dashboard, you can add it back through the Dashboards page.

If you have already been granted access to data sources or dashboards prior to completing the Getting Started tutorial, you can bypass the tutorial and immediately begin viewing your shared data sources and dashboards.

To exit the Getting Started tutorial and begin exploring your shared data sources and dashboards, click Skip selection and view at the bottom of the tutorial view.

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