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MongoDB\\Collection::find()

Finds documents matching the query.

function find(
array|object $filter = [],
array $options = []
): MongoDB\Driver\Cursor
$filter : array|object
The filter criteria that specifies the documents to query.
$options : array

An array specifying the desired options.

Name
Type
Description
allowDiskUse
boolean
Enables writing to temporary files. When set to true, queries can write data to the _tmp sub-directory in the dbPath directory.
allowPartialResults
boolean
For queries against a sharded collection, returns partial results from the mongos if some shards are unavailable instead of throwing an error.
batchSize
integer

The number of documents to return in the first batch. Defaults to 101. A batchSize of 0 means that the cursor will be established, but no documents will be returned in the first batch.

Unlike the previous wire protocol version, a batchSize of 1 for the find command does not close the cursor.

collation
array|object
comment
mixed

Enables users to specify an arbitrary comment to help trace the operation through the database profiler, currentOp output, and logs.

The comment can be any valid BSON type since MongoDB 4.4. Earlier server versions only support string values.

cursorType
integer

Indicates the type of cursor to use. cursorType supports the following values:

  • MongoDB\Operation\Find::NON_TAILABLE (default)

  • MongoDB\Operation\Find::TAILABLE

hint
string|array|object

The index to use. Specify either the index name as a string or the index key pattern as a document. If specified, then the query system will only consider plans using the hinted index.

New in version 1.2.

let
array|object

Map of parameter names and values. Values must be constant or closed expressions that do not reference document fields. Parameters can then be accessed as variables in an aggregate expression context (e.g. $$var).

This is not supported for server versions prior to 5.0 and will result in an exception at execution time if used.

New in version 1.13.

limit
integer

The maximum number of documents to return. If unspecified, then defaults to no limit. A limit of 0 is equivalent to setting no limit.

A negative limit is similar to a positive limit but closes the cursor after returning a single batch of results. As such, with a negative limit, if the limited result set does not fit into a single batch, the number of documents received will be less than the specified limit. By passing a negative limit, the client indicates to the server that it will not ask for a subsequent batch via getMore.

max
array|object

The exclusive upper bound for a specific index.

New in version 1.2.

maxAwaitTimeMS
integer

Positive integer denoting the time limit in milliseconds for the server to block a getMore operation if no data is available. This option should only be used if cursorType is TAILABLE_AWAIT.

New in version 1.2.

maxScan
integer

Maximum number of documents or index keys to scan when executing the query.

Deprecated since version 1.4.

New in version 1.2.

maxTimeMS
integer

The cumulative time limit in milliseconds for processing operations on the cursor. MongoDB aborts the operation at the earliest following interrupt point.

min
array|object

The inclusive lower bound for a specific index.

New in version 1.2.

modifiers
array|object
Meta operators that modify the output or behavior of a query. Use of these operators is deprecated in favor of named options.
noCursorTimeout
boolean
Prevents the server from timing out idle cursors after an inactivity period (10 minutes).
oplogReplay
boolean

Internal use for replica sets. To use oplogReplay, you must include the following condition in the filter:

{ ts: { $gte: <timestamp> } }

The MongoDB\\BSON\\Timestamp class reference describes how to represent MongoDB's BSON timestamp type with PHP.

Deprecated since version 1.7.

projection
array|object
The projection specification to determine which fields to include in the returned documents. See Project Fields to Return from Query and Projection Operators in the MongoDB manual.
readConcern

Read concern to use for the operation. Defaults to the collection's read concern.

It is not possible to specify a read concern for individual operations as part of a transaction. Instead, set the readConcern option when starting the transaction.

readPreference

Read preference to use for the operation. Defaults to the collection's read preference.

returnKey
boolean

If true, returns only the index keys in the resulting documents.

New in version 1.2.

session

Client session to associate with the operation.

New in version 1.3.

showRecordId
boolean

Determines whether to return the record identifier for each document. If true, adds a field $recordId to the returned documents.

New in version 1.2.

skip
integer
Number of documents to skip. Defaults to 0.
sort
array|object
The sort specification for the ordering of the results.
snapshot
boolean

Prevents the cursor from returning a document more than once because of an intervening write operation.

Deprecated since version 1.4.

New in version 1.2.

typeMap
array

The type map to apply to cursors, which determines how BSON documents are converted to PHP values. Defaults to the collection's type map.

A MongoDB\\Driver\\Cursor object.

MongoDB\\Exception\\UnsupportedException if options are used and not supported by the selected server (e.g. collation, readConcern, writeConcern).

MongoDB\\Exception\\InvalidArgumentException for errors related to the parsing of parameters or options.

MongoDB\\Driver\\Exception\\RuntimeException for other errors at the driver level (e.g. connection errors).

When evaluating query criteria, MongoDB compares types and values according to its own comparison rules for BSON types, which differs from PHP's comparison and type juggling rules. When matching a special BSON type the query criteria should use the respective BSON class in the driver (e.g. use MongoDB\\BSON\\ObjectId to match an ObjectId).

The following example finds restaurants based on the cuisine and borough fields and uses a projection to limit the fields that are returned. It also limits the results to 5 documents.

<?php
$collection = (new MongoDB\Client)->test->restaurants;
$cursor = $collection->find(
[
'cuisine' => 'Italian',
'borough' => 'Manhattan',
],
[
'limit' => 5,
'projection' => [
'name' => 1,
'borough' => 1,
'cuisine' => 1,
],
]
);
foreach ($cursor as $restaurant) {
var_dump($restaurant);
};

The output would then resemble:

object(MongoDB\Model\BSONDocument)#10 (1) {
["storage":"ArrayObject":private]=>
array(4) {
["_id"]=>
object(MongoDB\BSON\ObjectId)#8 (1) {
["oid"]=>
string(24) "576023c6b02fa9281da3f983"
}
["borough"]=>
string(9) "Manhattan"
["cuisine"]=>
string(7) "Italian"
["name"]=>
string(23) "Isle Of Capri Resturant"
}
}
object(MongoDB\Model\BSONDocument)#13 (1) {
["storage":"ArrayObject":private]=>
array(4) {
["_id"]=>
object(MongoDB\BSON\ObjectId)#12 (1) {
["oid"]=>
string(24) "576023c6b02fa9281da3f98d"
}
["borough"]=>
string(9) "Manhattan"
["cuisine"]=>
string(7) "Italian"
["name"]=>
string(18) "Marchis Restaurant"
}
}
object(MongoDB\Model\BSONDocument)#8 (1) {
["storage":"ArrayObject":private]=>
array(4) {
["_id"]=>
object(MongoDB\BSON\ObjectId)#10 (1) {
["oid"]=>
string(24) "576023c6b02fa9281da3f99b"
}
["borough"]=>
string(9) "Manhattan"
["cuisine"]=>
string(7) "Italian"
["name"]=>
string(19) "Forlinis Restaurant"
}
}
object(MongoDB\Model\BSONDocument)#12 (1) {
["storage":"ArrayObject":private]=>
array(4) {
["_id"]=>
object(MongoDB\BSON\ObjectId)#13 (1) {
["oid"]=>
string(24) "576023c6b02fa9281da3f9a8"
}
["borough"]=>
string(9) "Manhattan"
["cuisine"]=>
string(7) "Italian"
["name"]=>
string(22) "Angelo Of Mulberry St."
}
}
object(MongoDB\Model\BSONDocument)#10 (1) {
["storage":"ArrayObject":private]=>
array(4) {
["_id"]=>
object(MongoDB\BSON\ObjectId)#8 (1) {
["oid"]=>
string(24) "576023c6b02fa9281da3f9b4"
}
["borough"]=>
string(9) "Manhattan"
["cuisine"]=>
string(7) "Italian"
["name"]=>
string(16) "V & T Restaurant"
}
}
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