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The replSetMaintenance admin command enables or disables the maintenance mode for a secondary member of a replica set.

This command is available in deployments hosted in the following environments:

  • MongoDB Atlas: The fully managed service for MongoDB deployments in the cloud


This command is unsupported in M0, M2, M5, and M10 clusters. For more information, see Unsupported Commands.

The command has the following syntax:

replSetMaintenance: <boolean>

Consider the following behavior when running the replSetMaintenance command:

  • You cannot run the command on the Primary.

  • You must run the command against the admin database.

  • When enabled replSetMaintenance: true, the member enters the RECOVERING state. While the secondary is RECOVERING:

    • The member is not accessible for read operations.

    • The member continues to sync its oplog from the Primary.

  • When a node receives a replSetMaintenance: true request, it adds a maintenance mode task to a queue of tasks. If the queue of tasks was empty and now is not, the node will transition to RECOVERING state and begin to reject read requests. When a node receives a replSetMaintenance: false request, it removes a maintenance mode task from the queue (even if that task was initiated by a different client). If the request empties the maintenance mode task queue, the node will return to SECONDARY state.

  • If you want to prevent a node from servicing reads, consider using Hidden Replica Set Members instead.

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