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The MongoDB 3.6 Manual

Welcome to the MongoDB 3.6 Manual! MongoDB is a document database designed for ease of development and scaling. The Manual introduces key concepts in MongoDB, presents the query language, and provides operational and administrative considerations and procedures as well as a comprehensive reference section. The manual is also available as HTML tar.gz and EPUB.

MongoDB offers both a Community and an Enterprise version of the database:

  • MongoDB Community is the source available and free to use edition of MongoDB.
  • MongoDB Enterprise is available as part of the MongoDB Enterprise Advanced subscription and includes comprehensive support for your MongoDB deployment. MongoDB Enterprise also adds enterprise-focused features such as LDAP and Kerberos support, on-disk encryption, and auditing.

MongoDB also offers Atlas, a hosted MongoDB Enterprise service option in the cloud which requires no installation overhead and offers a free tier to get started.

The Manual documents both MongoDB Community and Enterprise features and functionality.

➤ MongoDB 3.6 Released

For summary of new features in MongoDB 3.6, see Release Notes for MongoDB 3.6.

To download the MongoDB 3.6, go to the MongoDB Download Center

➤ University Course
M036 introduces the key 3.6 features.

Getting Started

MongoDB provides a Getting Started Guide in the following editions:

mongo Shell Edition

Node.JS Edition

Python Edition

C++ Edition

Java Edition

C# Edition

Ruby Edition

Once you complete the Getting Started Guide, you may find the following topics useful.

Introduction Developers Administrators Reference

Introduction to MongoDB

Installation Guides

Databases and Collections


CRUD Operations


SQL to MongoDB


Production Notes

Replica Sets

Sharded Clusters

MongoDB Security

Shell Methods

Query Operators




Getting involved in the MongoDB community is a great way to build relationships with other talented and like minded engineers, increase awareness for the interesting work that you are doing, and sharpen your skills. To learn about the MongoDB community, see Get Involved with MongoDB.

Getting Help

MongoDB Community

For questions, discussions, or general technical support, visit the MongoDB Community Forums. The MongoDB Community Forums are a centralized place to connect with other MongoDB users, ask questions, and get answers.

MongoDB Enterprise or Ops Manager

For technical support questions, please file a ticket through the MongoDB Support Portal.

MongoDB Atlas or Cloud Manager

For technical support questions, please log into your MongoDB Cloud account and open a support ticket.


For instructions on how to file a JIRA ticket for the MongoDB server or one of the related projects, see

Learning MongoDB

In addition to the documentation, there are many ways to learn to use MongoDB. You can:


The manual is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License

For information on MongoDB licensing, see MongoDB Licensing.

Additional Resources

MongoDB, Inc.
The company behind MongoDB.
MongoDB Atlas
Database as a service.
MongoDB Cloud Manager
A cloud-based hosted operations management solution for MongoDB.
MongoDB Ops Manager
Enterprise operations management solution for MongoDB: includes Automation, Backup, and Monitoring.
MongoDB Drivers
The documentation available for the drivers for use with MongoDB.