// Tutorial //

What is MongoDB?

Published on January 4, 2021 · Updated on January 4, 2021
Default avatar
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.

For more educational resources related to MongoDB, please visit:

A complete list of our educational resources on MongoDB can be found on our MongoDB tag page.

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and our broader community, consider checking out our DigitalOcean products which can also help you achieve your development goals.

Learn more here


About the authors
Default avatar
Manager, Developer Education

Technical Writer @ DigitalOcean

Still looking for an answer?

Was this helpful?
Leave a comment

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!