Mongo Shell

The mongo shell is an interactive JavaScript interface to MongoDB. You can use it to query and update data as well as perform administrative operations if your credentials are authorized to do so.

Installing Mongo Shell

The standard MongoDB installation includes both the server (which you don’t need), and the mongo command line client. It is difficult to get just the client, so it is advised that you simply install MongoDB in your work environment as per the document Install MongoDB Community Edition.

Connect to the Database

Here is an example session that illustrates connecting to the Data Catalog and listing the available collections. Note that the connection URI provided here is a mock value. Request the correct value from support at

mongo mongodb://
MongoDB shell version v3.6.8
connecting to: mongodb://
MongoDB server version: 3.6.8
rs0:PRIMARY> use catalog
switched to db catalog
rs0:PRIMARY> db.getCollectionNames()

Use Mongo Shell from a Docker container

If you don’t want to or can’t install MongoDB locally, a Docker container might be the right path for you. Here’s an example of how to do that.

# pull the container image
docker pull mongo:latest

# get an interactive shell
docker run -it mongo:latest bash

# launch mongo
root@f325a9161ad9:/# mongo mongodb://
MongoDB shell version v3.6.9
connecting to: mongodb://