I want sync my server db with my local db;

  • dump db

    mongodump --db [db name]

  • copy dump folder into my local
  • restore dump on my local

    mongorestore --db [db name] [dump folder path]

I have 4 dbs I can do this successfully for 3 of them but I got

mongorestore error: failure writing file /var/lib/mongodb

when I restore 4th db

There is enough room on the file system. I restarted the server and repeated the process and I don't get this error anymore. However, sometimes I get:

failed: restore error: cohortV5.orders: 
error restoring from dump/cohortV5/orders.bson: insertion error: EOF

and sometimes I get:

Failed: restore error: cohortV5.orders: error creating indexes for cohortV5.orders: 
createIndex error: no reachable servers

3 Answers 3


Finally after two days, I found the answer, I get this error because of lack of memory. You need to add more memory if you work with big collection.

  • How did you add more memory?
    – nils
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 12:19
  • What memory? RAM or disk ?
    – expert
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 16:27
  • You need to add RAM. I was running mongo on Amazon t2.small instance, I upgrade the instance to t2.large with 8GB RAM
    – Fartash
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 3:51

Had the same issue. Some collections are too large to be restored and the error message is "reading bson input: unexpected EOF". Sometimes, the error message is insertion error: unexpected EOF

A workaround for this is that restore exclude the collection with issues, and then start restoring the collections with issue.

A PR was made today to add support for collection exclusion now. Hopefully mongo team would merge this and release soon. (https://github.com/mongodb/mongo-tools/issues/48)

If you need the feature right away, try https://github.com/soleo/mongo-tools , and build with branch TOOLS-976 .


Just in case any one is still wondering how to get it done without upgrading ram:



along with the mongorestore command. This will not load the whole document into the ram rather in batches

more info here https://stackoverflow.com/questions/34142673/mongo3-0-restore-fails-with-error-failed-restore-error-insertion-error-eof

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