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Create a file to contain your application called index.js in your node_quickstart project directory.

Copy and paste the following code into the index.js file:

const { MongoClient } = require("mongodb");
// Replace the uri string with your connection string.
const uri = "<connection string uri>";
const client = new MongoClient(uri);
async function run() {
try {
const database = client.db('sample_mflix');
const movies = database.collection('movies');
// Query for a movie that has the title 'Back to the Future'
const query = { title: 'Back to the Future' };
const movie = await movies.findOne(query);
} finally {
// Ensures that the client will close when you finish/error
await client.close();

Replace the <connection string uri> placeholder with the connection string that you copied from the Create a Connection String step of this guide.


In your shell, run the following command to start this application:

node index.js

You should see the details of the retrieved movie document in the command line output:

_id: ...,
plot: 'A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past...',
genres: [ 'Adventure', 'Comedy', 'Sci-Fi' ],
title: 'Back to the Future',

If you encounter an error or see no output, check whether you specified the proper connection string in the index.js file, and that you loaded the sample data.

After you complete these steps, you should have a working application that uses the driver to connect to your MongoDB deployment, runs a query on the sample data, and prints out the result.


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