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Why is it necessary to run both mongod and mongo.exe in windows? What's happening behind the scene?

What's the difference between these two?

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As @Stennie explained it's exactly the other way around .. mongod is the daemon background process running the database server and mongo.exe is the interactive shell.

As such - both are running if you want to use the database from the command prompt / a console [CMD] window.

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    FYI mongod is the server daemon and mongo (aka the mongo shell) is the client console tool. – Stennie Oct 23 at 15:01

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