Connecting mongodb instance on server to Compass

I have a droplet server with an instance of mongodb on it. I can connect via SSH and view mongodb, however I really want to connect it to compass. However I keep getting ‘connect ECONNREFUSED’ error.

I’ve tried combinations of using localhost, my ip, different ports (as per what I’ve found via ssh) but still same error. If I try my ip:3000 interestingly it does attempt to connect but then I get an ‘invalid max size’ error or something like that.

I checked another ticket and also tried accessing in Compass using SSH tunnel but same ECONNREFUSED. What else can I check to get this fixed?


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Bobby Iliev
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June 8, 2022

Hi there,

In order to connect remotely to your MongoDB instance, you need to configure it to allow remote connections as described in this tutorial:

For anyone using a Managed MongoDB cluster, you can follow the steps here instead: