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sh.stopBalancer(timeout, interval)

Changed in version 4.2.

Disables the balancer in a sharded cluster. Starting in MongoDB 4.2, sh.stopBalancer() also disables auto-splitting for the sharded cluster.


mongosh Method

This page documents a mongosh method. This is not the documentation for database commands or language-specific drivers, such as Node.js.

For the database command, see the balancerStop command.

For MongoDB API drivers, refer to the language-specific MongoDB driver documentation.

For the legacy mongo shell documentation, refer to the documentation for the corresponding MongoDB Server release:

mongo shell v4.4

The method can take the following options:


Time limit for disabling the balancer.

Defaults to 60000 milliseconds.

Changed in version 3.4: If using the 3.4 mongo shell with earlier version sharded clusters, the parameter specifies the amount of milliseconds to wait for the balancing round to stop.


The interval (in milliseconds) at which to check if the balancing round has stopped.

Changed in version 3.4: Only applicable when using version 3.4 mongo shell with earlier version sharded clusters.

You can only run sh.stopBalancer() on a mongos instance. sh.stopBalancer() errors if run on mongod instance.

The mongo shell method is a wrapper around the balancerStop command, introduced in 3.4.

If a balancing round is in progress, the operation waits for balancing to complete.


← sh.status()

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