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Profile Databases


Available only with the MongoDB Agent with Automation enabled

This feature is available only with the MongoDB Agent with Automation enabled. To learn more about the MongoDB Agent with Automation enabled, see Add Existing MongoDB Processes to Ops Manager.

A database profiler gathers statistics about writes, cursors, and commands on one running mongod instance.

Ops Manager can collect and display statistics from any of your mongod instances that have profiling enabled. Ops Manager displays this data in the Profiler section of an instance’s Metrics page. To access an instance’s metrics, click the Metrics button for that instance.

The Profiler displays one aspect, like Operation Execution Time, that could slow database operations over a set time frame. It displays this data in both a chart and a table that each can filter on aspect and time frame. The Profiler suggests indexes for your databases to improve the performance of slow operations.



Please read the following considerations before you enable profiling.


Profile data may include sensitive information including the content of database queries. Ensure that exposing this data to Ops Manager is consistent with your information security practices.

system.profile Collection

The MongoDB profiler stores data in the system.profile collection. Ops Manager caps this collection to 1 MB as a default. You may increase the size of this collection up to 4 MB.

When collecting data from the profiler, Ops Manager ignores operations on the system.profile collection, such as Monitoring queries of the system.profile collection.

Resource Consumption Impact

The profiler consumes resources which may slow MongoDB performance. Consider the resource impact before enabling profiling.

Data Collection

Every minute, the agent queries the system.profile collection for the last 20 documents created. Monitoring sends those documents to Ops Manager.

See also

Database Profiler in the MongoDB Manual.

Ops Manager samples profile documents until it samples either all documents returned or 4 MB of returned document data. This 4 MB limit may be reached if you increase the collection’s size to 4 MB and your database creates large profiler documents.

Monitoring tries to minimize its effect on the monitored systems. If polling profile data slows database performance, Ops Manager throttles how often it collects data.

Data Display

Ops Manager displays no more than 10,000 data points in the Profiler charts.

Time to Propagate Changes to the MongoDB Agent

With profiling enabled, configuration changes made in Ops Manager can take up to 2 minutes to propagate to the agent and 1 more minute before profiling data appears in the Ops Manager interface.

Rolling Restart of mongod Processes

Ops Manager performs a rolling restart of the mongod processes in your cluster when you enable or disable database profiling. If your cluster is a replica set, a replica set election occurs as a byproduct of the restart. This one-time operation is in addition to the time required to propogate configuration changes to the Automation.

Enable Profiling

As of Ops Manager version 4.4, Ops Manager always enables profiling. Your mongod instance collects profile data for operations longer than the slow operation threshold and reports them to Ops Manager. The threshold for slow operations applies to the entire mongod instance. Ops Manager defaults this threshold to 100 ms.

Profiler Interface

The Profiler has two sections to the page that display database profile information: a chart and a table. Each can display different data.

Profiling Chart

Set Chart Filters

Above the chart, select the metric and time period you want to see.

  1. Select the metric from the Display menu. Accepted options are:
    • Operation Execution Time (default)
    • Keys Examined
    • Docs Returned
    • Examined:Returned Ratio
    • Num Yields
    • Response Length
  2. Select the time period from the View Last menu. Accepted options are:
    • 24 hr (default)
    • 12 hr
    • 6 hr
    • 1 hr
    • 15 min

Change Slow Operations Threshold

To change the slow operations threshold:

  1. Click the Milliseconds button to the right of the For Operations Longer Than label to open the Specify the Threshold for Slow Operations modal.
  2. Change the Set the Threshold for Slow Operations to your desired number of milliseconds.
  3. Click Apply if you want to change the threshold. Click Cancel to close the modal without changing the threshold.

When you change the threshold, you change it for all databases on the instance.

Request Index Suggestions

Based on the Profiler data, you may want to improve the performance of slow queries.

  1. Click Calculate Suggested Indexes to direct Ops Manager to analyze your databases.

  2. After the analysis completes, the Suggested Indexes for Improving Query Performance modal displays.

    This modal offers suggested indexes with the appropriate database commands to created those indexes.

  3. After you have finished using the suggested indexes, click OK to close the modal.

Profiling Table

Above the table, select the namespace, operation type, and metric you wish to profile:

  1. Click All Namespaces to change which combination of databases and collections to profile.
  2. Click All Operations to change which operations you want to profile.
  3. Click Operation Execution Time to change which metric you want to profile. Accepted options are:
    • Operation Execution Time (default)
    • Keys Examined
    • Docs Returned
    • Examined:Returned Ratio
    • Num Yields
    • Response Length