I'm building a backend system using MongoDB. Now I want to restrict access on certain numbers of database collections to this system. For example I have users, admin_users, pageviews and I want this system to be able to read and write only admin_users and pageviews collections but no read or write access on users colection. Is there any ways to do so?

  • Are you looking to restrict certain mongod instances to only be able to r/w certain collections within a database? Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:39
  • I'm not database admin, so my understanding about mongod instances is not very good. I want to add a new database user to db who can only read or write certain numbers of collections.
    – Khanh Tran
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:45
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    Ah, so you're looking for user based solutions here. Good to know! Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 12:52

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To the best of my knowledge, there is not yet any built in way (as of version 2.4) to provide access-control at the collection level. Mongo's ACLs go to the Database only. To do what you want you will have to move that users collection to a different database.

  • May want to edit this as current versions do support this. Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 18:23

They have added collection-access ACLs, see here: http://docs.mongodb.org/manual/core/collection-level-access-control/

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