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What is MongoDB?

Published on January 4, 2021 · Updated on January 4, 2021
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By Mark Drake
Manager, Developer Education
What is MongoDB?

MongoDB, also known as Mongo, is an open-source document database used in many modern web applications. It is classified as a NoSQL database because it does not rely on a traditional table-based relational database structure.

Instead, Mongo uses JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas. This means that, unlike relational databases, MongoDB does not require a predefined schema before you add data to a database. You can alter the schema at any time and as often as is necessary without having to set up a new database with an updated schema.

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