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Install MongoDB Enterprise From Tarball


Compiled versions of MongoDB Enterprise for Linux provide a simple option for installing MongoDB for other Linux systems without supported packages.

Install MongoDB


To install a version of MongoDB prior to 3.2, please refer to that version’s documentation. For example, see version 3.0.


Install any missing dependencies.

To manually install MongoDB Enterprise, first install any dependencies as appropriate.


Download and install the MongoDB Enterprise packages.

After you have installed the required prerequisite packages, download and install the MongoDB Enterprise packages from The MongoDB binaries are located in the bin/ directory of the archive. To download and install, use the following sequence of commands.


Ensure the location of the MongoDB binaries is included in the PATH variable.

Once you have copied the MongoDB binaries to their target location, ensure that the location is included in your PATH variable. If it is not, either include it or create symbolic links from the binaries to a directory that is included.

Run MongoDB


Create the data directory.

Before you start MongoDB for the first time, create the directory to which the mongod process will write data. By default, the mongod process uses the /data/db directory. If you create a directory other than this one, you must specify that directory in the dbpath option when starting the mongod process later in this procedure.

The following example command creates the default /data/db directory:

mkdir -p /data/db

Set permissions for the data directory.

Before running mongod for the first time, ensure that the user account running mongod has read and write permissions for the directory.


Run MongoDB.

To run MongoDB, run the mongod process at the system prompt. If necessary, specify the path of the mongod or the data directory. See the following examples.

Run without specifying paths

If your system PATH variable includes the location of the mongod binary and if you use the default data directory (i.e., /data/db), simply enter mongod at the system prompt:


Specify the path of the mongod

If your PATH does not include the location of the mongod binary, enter the full path to the mongod binary at the system prompt:

<path to binary>/mongod

Specify the path of the data directory

If you do not use the default data directory (i.e., /data/db), specify the path to the data directory using the --dbpath option:

mongod --dbpath <path to data directory>

Begin using MongoDB.

To help you start using MongoDB, MongoDB provides Getting Started Guides in various driver editions. See Getting Started for the available editions.

Before deploying MongoDB in a production environment, consider the Production Notes document.

Later, to stop MongoDB, press Control+C in the terminal where the mongod instance is running.