The find() command in MongoDB is used to find the data from the collection. There are various options for executing the find() command in MongoDB. In this post, we will be using these options along with the find() command.
To execute the find() command we need to connect to our MongoDB server by using MongoShell. Instead of managing the MongoDB server ourselves, It will be easier to use a managed MongoDB called Atlas. Hence, you can visit my earlier post to connect MongoDB Atlas cluster using shell if you don’t know already.
In this tutorial, we will be using a cluster that was already created in Atlas and also the sample dataset. You can visit my earlier post create cluster in MongoDB where I’ve explained everything in detail.
I can assume that you’ve already:
- Created a cluster in Atlas and also loaded a sample dataset
- Connected to Atlas Cluster using shell
After connecting to the MongoDB cluster, we can see the list of databases by using the command:
It lists all the databases.
admin 0.000GB local 3.705GB sample_airbnb 0.051GB sample_analytics 0.009GB sample_geospatial 0.001GB sample_guides 0.000GB sample_mflix 0.047GB sample_restaurants 0.006GB sample_supplies 0.001GB sample_training 0.055GB sample_weatherdata 0.003GB
Now, we can go to our database by using the command:
This command lets us go inside
sample_training database where we can see the multiple collections by using the command below:
It lists all the collections available inside
sample_training database. We can see the following collections:
companies grades inspections posts routes trips zips
find() command example
In this section, we will learn to use the
find command with default query
The default query is not to specify a query as a parameter in find() method.
The syntax for executing find() command is:
To execute any query in MongoDB first, we need to go to the database by executing the
use databaseName command. Hence, in our query, we don’t need to specify a database name.
In the above syntax, collectionName is the actual collection name that we want to see the data from. find is the method where we will be sending a query as a parameter. Let’s see the following example where we can see all the cities available in
zips collection where
It lists all the data below:
The document is listed but it does not look good to read. To make it look better we can execute a
pretty() method followed by find()
The output is:
Now, we can see that the output looks better, isn’t it? 🙂
find command with custom query
We can pass any valid JSON as a query in MongoDB.
In this example, we can execute a find command to filter all the zips where the state is NY.
We can see the output that only the state NY is listed.
find command with count
In the earlier example, we queried the collection but we don’t know the exact number of documents available. To count the documents inside the collection we can use count() method.
There are two ways to execute a count command or method.
If we have to count all the documents in a collection without filter then:
It counts all the available documents in the
If we have to count documents along with the filter query then:
It counts all the zips where the state is “NY”.
show collectionsto list available namespaces (databases and collections)
find()returns a cursor with documents that match the find query. It lists only 20 documents from the collection without any specified order. We can see more data by typing
itin the shell.
count()returns the number of documents that match the find query.
pretty()formats the documents in the cursor
Reference: MongoDB University Course
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