Deploy a Standalone MongoDB Instance

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At any place on this page that says Ops Manager, you can substitute Cloud Manager.


  • You can use the Kubernetes Operator to deploy MongoDB resources with Cloud Manager and with Ops Manager version 5.0.x or later.
  • You can use the Atlas Operator to deploy MongoDB resources to Atlas.

You can deploy a standalone MongoDB instance for Ops Manager to manage. Use standalone instances for testing and development. Do not use these deployments for production systems as they lack replication and high availability. For all production deployments use replica sets. To learn about replica sets, see Deploy a Replica Set.


To deploy a standalone using an object, you must:


To avoid storing secrets in Kubernetes, you can migrate all secrets to a secret storage tool.



Configure kubectl to default to your namespace.

If you have not already, run the following command to execute all kubectl commands in the namespace you created.


If you are deploying an Ops Manager resource in a multi-Kubernetes-cluster deployment:

  • Set the context to the name of the central cluster, such as: kubectl config set context "$MDB_CENTRAL_CLUSTER_FULL_NAME".
  • Set the --namespace to the same scope that you used for your multi-Kubernetes-cluster deployment, such as: kubectl config --namespace "mongodb".
kubectl config set-context $(kubectl config current-context) --namespace=<metadata.namespace>

Copy the following example standalone Kubernetes object.

This is a YAML file that you can modify to meet your desired configuration. Change the highlighted settings to match your desired standalone configuration.

kind: MongoDB
  name: <my-standalone>
  version: "4.2.2-ent"
      name: <>
            # Must match in ConfigMap file
  credentials: <mycredentials>
  type: Standalone
  persistent: true

Open your preferred text editor and paste the object specification into a new text file.


Configure the settings highlighted in the preceeding step as follows.

Key Type Description Example string

Label for this Kubernetes standalone object.

Resource names must be 44 characters or less.

See also

spec.version string

Version of MongoDB that is installed on this standalone.

The format should be X.Y.Z for the Community edition and X.Y.Z-ent for the Enterprise edition.


Ensure that you choose a compatible MongoDB Server version.

Compatible versions differ depending on the base image that the MongoDB database resource uses.

To learn more about MongoDB versioning, see MongoDB Versioning in the MongoDB Manual.

For best results, use the latest available enterprise MongoDB version that is compatible with your Ops Manager version.

Name of the ConfigMap with the Ops Manager connection configuration. The setting is an alias for this setting and can be used in its place.


This value must exist on the same namespace as the resource you want to create.

spec.credentials string

Name of the secret you created as Ops Manager API authentication credentials for the Kubernetes Operator to communicate with Ops Manager.

The Ops Manager Kubernetes Secret object holding the Credentials must exist on the same Namespace as the resource you want to create.

Operator manages changes to the Secret

The Kubernetes Operator tracks any changes to the Secret and reconciles the state of the MongoDB resource.

spec.type string Type of MongoDB resource to create. Standalone
spec.persistent string


If this value is true, then spec.podSpec.persistence.single is set to its default value of 16Gi.

To change your Persistent Volume Claims configuration, configure the following collections to meet your deployment requirements:


Grant your containers permission to write to your Persistent Volume. The Kubernetes Operator sets fsGroup = 2000, runAsUser = 2000, and runAsNonRoot = true in securityContext. Kubernetes Operator sets fsgroup equal to runAsUser to make the volume writable for a user that runs the main process in the container. To learn more, see Configure a Security Context for a Pod or Container and the related discussion in the Kubernetes documentation. If redeploying the resource doesn’t fix issues with your Persistent Volume, contact MongoDB Support.


If you do not use Persistent Volumes, the Disk Usage and Disk IOPS charts cannot be displayed in either the Processes tab on the Deployment page or in the Metrics page when reviewing the data for this deployment.


Save this file with a .yaml file extension.


Start your Standalone deployment.

Invoke the following Kubernetes command to create your standalone:

kubectl apply -f <standalone-conf>.yaml

Track the status of your standalone deployment.

To check the status of your MongoDB resource, use the following command:

kubectl get mdb <resource-name> -o yaml -w

With the -w (watch) flag set, when the configuration changes, the output refreshes immediately until the status phase achieves the Running state. To learn more about resource deployment statuses, see Troubleshoot the Kubernetes Operator.

To troubleshoot your sharded cluster, see: