What are the best resources for learning how to operate and administer MongoDB?

There are plenty of resources on developing against it - which actually creates a problem when you've got plenty of development competence and really need to filter out that noise. For developers who can't afford to hire a DBA yet, we need to get reasonably good at keeping our Mongo cluster stable, performant, etc. Beyond the FAQs and quickstart guides, are there any other good repositories of info? Good blogs to follow, etc.?


The best resource has to be the MongoDB docs themselves ...


I'm constantly finding something new there.

Secondly, I'd say you should run the "try MongoDB" in browser tutorial available here, it's awesome. You can try out querying and everything without installing anything.


Also, I'd personally recommend very highly these two tools:

  • MongoVUE (Windows MongoDB GUI)
  • RockMongo (PHP MongoDB interface, beats the pants off the others.)

You can also see my stackoverflow answer here for more details on MongoDB gui's also there are lots of videos available here: http://www.10gen.com/video

Lastly, you can check out http://learnmongo.com for a lot of beginners resources (full disclosure, I founded the site.)

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    Well, atleast you added your own site towards the end of the answer :) +1 for modesty! Apr 25 '11 at 14:11
  • Also free mongodb university courses very regularly. Mar 22 '16 at 21:40

Nothing beats MongoDB : The Definitive Guide as a quick start guide.

MongoDB : The Definitive Guide

You can quickly learn many things, including

  • install and start MongoDB
  • why to kill -2 to shutdown and not kill -9
  • how to enable the web interface
  • how to shard

Advaned concepts will come with experience, practice, and data mining all the MongoDB blogs going forward.

  • I did find this book quite useful, until I spilled coffee on it :)
    – Rex M
    Aug 18 '11 at 22:25
  • @Rex - LOL !!!!!! Aug 19 '11 at 1:57



There is always the MongoDB website http://www.mongodb.org/display/DOCS/Admin+Zone


There was also the Mongo Conferences - for example slides from the one in the uk can be found at:



Here is another blog on mongodb books

They recommend on two books there (emphasis on horizontal scaling)

Including "MongoDB : The Definitive Guide"

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