In the general case, the upgrade from MongoDB 2.4 to 2.6 is a
binary-compatible "drop-in" upgrade: shut down the
instances and replace them with
mongod instances running
2.6. However, before you attempt any upgrade, familiarize yourself
with the content of this document, particularly the
Upgrade Recommendations and Checklists, the procedure for upgrading
sharded clusters, and the considerations for
reverting to 2.4 after running 2.6.
When upgrading, consider the following:
To upgrade an existing MongoDB deployment to 2.6, you must be running 2.4. If you're running a version of MongoDB before 2.4, you must upgrade to 2.4 before upgrading to 2.6. See Upgrade MongoDB to 2.4 for the procedure to upgrade from 2.2 to 2.4.
If you use MongoDB Cloud Manager Backup, ensure that you're running at least version
v20131216.1 of the Backup agent before upgrading. Version
the backup agent followed
Before upgrading MongoDB always test your application in a staging environment before deploying the upgrade to your production environment.
To begin the upgrade procedure, connect a 2.6
mongo shell to
your MongoDB 2.4
mongod and run the
db.upgradeCheckAllDBs() to check your data set for
compatibility. This is a preliminary automated check. Assess and
resolve all issues identified by db.upgradeCheckAllDBs().
Some changes in MongoDB 2.6 require manual checks and intervention. See Compatibility Changes in MongoDB 2.6 for an explanation of these changes. Resolve all incompatibilities in your deployment before continuing.
For a deployment that uses authentication and authorization, be sure
you have at least one user in the
admin database with the role
userAdminAnyDatabasebefore upgrading the MongoDB
binaries. For deployments currently using
authentication and authorization, see the consideration for
deployments that use authentication and authorization.
MongoDB 2.6 includes significant changes to the authorization model, which requires changes to the way that MongoDB stores users' credentials. As a result, in addition to upgrading MongoDB processes, if your deployment uses authentication and authorization, after upgrading all MongoDB process to 2.6 you must also upgrade the authorization model.
Before beginning the upgrade process for a deployment that uses authentication and authorization:
Ensure that at least one user exists in the
admindatabase with the role
If your application performs CRUD operations on the
system.userscollection or uses a
db.addUser()-like method, then you must upgrade those drivers (i.e. client libraries) before
You must fully complete the upgrade procedure for all MongoDB processes before upgrading the authorization model.
After you begin to upgrade a MongoDB deployment that uses authentication to 2.6, you cannot modify existing user data until you complete the authorization user schema upgrade.
See Upgrade User Authorization Data to 2.6 Format for a complete discussion of the upgrade procedure for the authorization model including additional requirements and procedures.
Once upgraded to MongoDB 2.6, you cannot downgrade to any version
earlier than MongoDB 2.4. If you created
indexes while running 2.6, you can only downgrade to MongoDB 2.4.10 or
If you installed MongoDB from the MongoDB
upgrade to 2.6 using the package manager.
For Debian, Ubuntu, and related operating systems, type these commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mongodb-org
For Red Hat Enterprise, CentOS, Fedora, or Amazon Linux:
sudo yum install mongodb-org
If you did not install the
mongodb-org package, and installed a subset
of MongoDB components replace
mongodb-org in the commands above with
the appropriate package names.
The following steps outline the procedure to upgrade a standalone
mongod from version 2.4 to 2.6. To upgrade from version
2.2 to 2.6, upgrade to version 2.4 first, and then follow the procedure to
upgrade from 2.4 to 2.6.
The following steps outline the procedure to upgrade a replica set from MongoDB 2.4 to MongoDB 2.6. To upgrade from MongoDB 2.2 to 2.6, upgrade all members of the replica set to version 2.4 first, and then follow the procedure to upgrade from MongoDB 2.4 to 2.6.
You can upgrade from MongoDB 2.4 to 2.6 using a "rolling" upgrade to minimize downtime by upgrading the members individually while the other members are available:
Upgrade the secondary members of the set one at a time by
shutting down the
mongod and replacing the 2.4 binary
with the 2.6 binary. After upgrading a
wait for the member to recover to
before upgrading the next instance.
To check the member's state, issue
rs.status() in the
Replica set failover is not instant but will render the set unavailable accept writes until the failover process completes. Typically this takes 30 seconds or more: schedule the upgrade procedure during a scheduled maintenance window.
Only upgrade sharded clusters to 2.6 if all members of the cluster are currently running instances of 2.4. The only supported upgrade path for sharded clusters running 2.2 is via 2.4. The upgrade process checks all components of the cluster and will produce warnings if any component is running version 2.2.
The upgrade process does not require any downtime. However, while you upgrade the sharded cluster, ensure that clients do not make changes to the collection meta-data. For example, during the upgrade, do not do any of the following:
any operation that creates a database
any other operation that modifies the cluster metadata in any way. See Sharding Reference for a complete list of sharding commands. Note, however, that not all commands on the Sharding Reference page modifies the cluster meta-data.
Optional but Recommended. As a precaution, take a backup of the
config database before upgrading the sharded cluster.
To run a
mongos with the
--upgrade option, you
can upgrade an existing
mongos instance to 2.6, or if you
need to avoid reconfiguring a production
you can use a new 2.6
mongos that can reach all the config
To upgrade the meta data, run:
mongos --configdb <configDB string> --upgrade
You can include the
to output the log messages to a file instead of the standard
output. Also include any other options required to start
mongos instances in your cluster, such as
mongos will exit upon completion of the
The upgrade will prevent any chunk moves or splits from occurring during the upgrade process. If the data files have many sharded collections or if failed processes hold stale locks, acquiring the locks for all collections can take seconds or minutes. Watch the log for progress updates.
mongos will exit upon completion of the meta data
upgrade process. If successful, the process will log the following
upgrade of config server to v5 successful Config database is at version v5
mongos instance loses its connection to the config
servers during the upgrade or if the upgrade is otherwise
unsuccessful, you may always safely retry the upgrade.
After you have successfully upgraded all
you can upgrade the other instances in your MongoDB deployment.
While the balancer is still disabled, upgrade the components of your sharded cluster in the following order:
When this process is complete, re-enable the balancer.
Once upgraded to MongoDB 2.6, you cannot downgrade to any version
earlier than MongoDB 2.4. If you have
you can only downgrade to MongoDB 2.4.10 or later.
Except as described on this page, moving between 2.4 and 2.6 is a drop-in replacement: