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How to install MongoDB on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install MongoDB on macOS using Homebrew. MongoDB is a free and open-source document-oriented database program. Classified as a NoSQL database program, MongoDB uses JSON-like documents.

What is MongoDB?

“MongoDB is a document database with the scalability and flexibility that you want with the querying and indexing that you need. MongoDB stores data in flexible, JSON-like documents, meaning fields can vary from document to document and data structure can be changed over time. The document model maps to the objects in your application code, making data easy to work with. MongoDB is a distributed database at its core, so high availability, horizontal scaling, and geographic distribution are built in and easy to use.” ~ MongoDB

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install MongoDB on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install mongodb 

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install MongoDB on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update             # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search mongodb     # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info mongodb       # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install mongodb    # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.

Related Post

After you have installed MongoDB on macOS, you should also read how to start MongoDB on macOS.


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