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sh.addShardToZone(shard, zone)

Associates a shard with a zone. MongoDB associates this shard with the given zone. Chunks that are covered by the zone are assigned to shards associated with the zone.


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 addShardToZone 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

This method has the following parameter:


The name of the shard to which to associate the zone.


The name of the zone to associate with the shard.

Only issue sh.addShardToZone() when connected to a mongos instance.

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

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


This command is not supported in serverless instances. For more information, see Unsupported Commands.

You can associate a zone with multiple shards, and a shard can associate with multiple zones.

See the zone manual page for more information on zones in sharded clusters.

MongoDB effectively ignores zones that do not have at least one range of shard key values associated with it.

To associate a range of shard key values with a zone, use the sh.updateZoneKeyRange() method.

Starting in MongoDB 4.0.2, you can run updateZoneKeyRange database command and its helpers sh.updateZoneKeyRange() and sh.addTagRange() on an unsharded collection or a non-existing collection.


By defining the zones and the zone ranges before sharding an empty or a non-existing collection, the shard collection operation creates chunks for the defined zone ranges as well as any additional chunks to cover the entire range of the shard key values and performs an initial chunk distribution based on the zone ranges. This initial creation and distribution of chunks allows for faster setup of zoned sharding. After the initial distribution, the balancer manages the chunk distribution going forward.

See Pre-Define Zones and Zone Ranges for an Empty or Non-Existing Collection for an example.

For sharded clusters that enforce access control, you must authenticate as a user whose privileges include either:

The clusterAdmin or clusterManager built-in roles have the appropriate permissions for issuing sh.addShardToZone(). See the Role-Based Access Control manual page for more information.

The following example adds three zones, NYC, LAX, and NRT, associating each to a shard:

sh.addShardToZone("shard0000", "JFK")
sh.addShardToZone("shard0001", "LAX")
sh.addShardToZone("shard0002", "NRT")

A shard can associate with multiple zones. The following example associates LGA to shard0000:

sh.addShardToZone("shard0000", "LGA")

shard0000 associates with both the LGA zone and the JFK zone. In a balanced cluster, MongoDB routes reads and writes covered by either zone to shard0000.

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