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Restart MongoDB Commands

How to start, stop and restart MongoDB from the command line

MongoDB Logo It’s not entirely clear how to quickly start, stop and restart MongoDB with a command line, so I’ve documented it here based on the need for a simple, straightforward approach.

MongoDB Commands

Use the following commands to start, stop or restart MongoDB.

Mac OS

On Mac OS the installation process for MongoDB’s Community Edition uses the Homebrew brew package manager with the help of the official MongoDB tap. Starting, stopping and restarting MongoDB on a Mac involves using brew services.

Start

brew services start [email protected]

Stop

brew services stop [email protected]

Restart

brew services restart [email protected]

Ubuntu/Debian

MongoDB can be managed on linux machines in two ways:

  1. service command
  2. systemctl command

service is used for running init scripts from the terminal. systemctl is a newer initialization system that aims to replace SysVInit. Most Linux distributions such as Debian and Red Hat are already using SystemD as their init system out of the box, so I’m including both here for reference.

Start

For systemd:

sudo systemctl start mongod

Or for service:

sudo service mongod start

Stop

For systemd:

sudo systemctl stop mongod

Or for service:

sudo service mongod stop

Restart

For systemd:

sudo systemctl restart mongod

Or for service:

sudo service mongod restart

Windows

I’ve never used MongoDB in a Windows IIS environment, but for reference here’s what MongoDB has documented for starting, stopping and restarting the service.

Start

In the Windows Services console right-click on the MongoDB service and click Start.

Stop

In the Windows Services console right-click on the MongoDB service and click Stop.

Restart

In the Windows Services console right-click on the MongoDB service and click Start/Restart.

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