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Registries and Registry Configuration

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  • Types of Registry Configuration
  • How to Configure a Registry


Experimental feature

This feature is experimental. MongoDB does not provide support for Snippets. This feature may be changed or removed at any time without prior notice.

Bugs are not expected, however should you encounter one, please open an issue in the GitHub repository for this project.

This page discusses different registries and how to configure your system to use them.

The snippets feature uses the npm package manager to install snippets from a pre-specified registry. You can configure your local mongosh to use one or more registries:

  • The community registry that is maintained by MongoDB

  • A private registry that you maintain

  • Multiple registries used together

This is a public, community registry that is maintained by MongoDB.

The community registry is the default registry. It provides several useful snippets which can help you to get started. The snippets in the community registry are also good examples to use when you are ready to create your own snippets.

MongoDB users are encouraged to contribute to this public registry. To learn how to share your code with other MongoDB users, see Contribute a Snippet Package to the MongoDB Community.

You can share code internally using a private registry.

If your snippets reveal proprietary or sensitive information, you can store them in a private, local registry instead of the public registry.

To create a private registry, see Define a New Registry.

A private registry can also be used in conjunction with the community registry and other private registries. Using multiple registries allows you to benefit from snippets maintained by MongoDB or third parties while also maintaining control over code you don't want to share externally.

To configure multiple registries, see Connecting to Registries.

To use a private registry or multiple registries:

The npm public registry hosts the MongoDB snippets community registry. You can use npm to host your own public or private registry as well.


You will push snippet packages from your GitHub repository to your npm registry.

Follow the GitHub documentation to create a repository.


Follow the npm registry documentation to create a registry.


To make the new registry available to your local mongosh installation, update the snippetIndexSourceURLs configuration settings.

+ config.get('snippetIndexSourceURLs') )

If you created a registry that is hosted outside npm, update snippetRegistryURL to point to the new registry.

You can use a private registry in addition to, or instead of, the community MongoDB registry.

snippetIndexSourceURLs ia a list of URLs. Each URL defines a path to an index file that contains metadata for the snippets in that registry.

Configure an additional registry by adding a URL to snippetIndexSourceURLs.

+ config.get('snippetIndexSourceURLs')

Restart mongosh for the update to take effect.


If two snippets with the same name appear in multiple registries, local system updates will be based on the entry in the first registry in the snippetIndexSourceURLs list.

Do not reuse snippet names to avoid potential conflicts.


Create and Share Snippets