How To Install MongoDB on Ubuntu 14.04

Published on June 15, 2015
How To Install MongoDB on Ubuntu 14.04
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MongoDB is a free and open-source NoSQL document database used commonly in modern web applications. This tutorial will help you set up MongoDB on your server for a production application environment.

Note: MongoDB can be installed automatically on your Droplet by adding this script to its User Data when launching it. Check out this tutorial to learn more about Droplet User Data.


To follow this tutorial, you will need:

Step 1 — Importing the Public Key

In this step, we will import the MongoDB GPG public key.

MongoDB is already included in Ubuntu package repositories, but the official MongoDB repository provides most up-to-date version and is the recommended way of installing the software. Ubuntu ensures the authenticity of software packages by verifying that they are signed with GPG keys, so we first have to import they key for the official MongoDB repository.

To do so, execute:

  1. sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 7F0CEB10

After successfully importing the key you will see:

gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

Step 2 — Creating a List File

Next, we have to add the MongoDB repository details so APT will know where to download the packages from.

Issue the following command to create a list file for MongoDB.

  1. echo "deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu "$(lsb_release -sc)"/mongodb-org/3.0 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.0.list

After adding the repository details, we need to update the packages list.

  1. sudo apt-get update

Step 3 — Installing and Verifying MongoDB

Now we can install the MongoDB package itself.

  1. sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org

This command will install several packages containing latest stable version of MongoDB along with helpful management tools for the MongoDB server.

After package installation MongoDB will be automatically started. You can check this by running the following command.

  1. service mongod status

If MongoDB is running, you’ll see an output like this (with a different process ID).

mongod start/running, process 1611

You can also stop, start, and restart MongoDB using the service command (e.g. service mongod stop, service mongod start).


You can find more in-depth instructions regarding MongoDB installation and configuration in these DigitalOcean community articles.

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This article should be updated, after the MongoDB 3.2 release.

According to the mongodb web site (see https://docs.mongodb.org/v3.0/tutorial/install-mongodb-on-ubuntu/) the file list command for Ubuntu 14.04 should be

$ echo "deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu trusty/mongodb-org/3.0 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.0.list

instead of the one documented in the article. Using the above command will allow me to install mongodb-org whereas the one mentioned in the article gave me an E: Unable to locate package mongodb-org error.

It should be service mongodb status not service mongod status

Hi, I followed this tutorial, but here are the results:

$ service mongod status
mongod stop/waiting
$ sudo service mongod restart
stop: Unknown instance: 
mongod start/running, process 27098
$ service mongod status
mongod stop/waiting

How do I debug this issue?

Step 3 issue solution: if you face this issue E: Unable to locate package mongodb-org. then use following instead of it. sudo apt-get install -y mongodb

The current version of mongodb is 3.2. You need to follow the instruction on this link to install the latest version

In step-3, it should be:

sudo apt-get install -y mongodb

instead of:

sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org

It may have been the latter one when this article was written but mongodb repo seems to have changed now. I couldn’t find a mongodb-org package.


The name of the service also seems to have changed, so it should be mongodb and not mongod:

service mongodb status

Installing MongoDB on Ubuntu, Mac OSX and Windows machine provided here http://www.amazonwebservicesforum.com/2017/08/installing-mongodb.html

I just walked thru the instructions in a Ubuntu 14.04 droplet and unfortunately the package is not found at step #3

$apt-get install mongodb-org -y. // throws package not found error

However removing -org works just fine $sudo apt-get install mongodb -y // package found and installed

Hope this helps.

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