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a commandline tool to run mongo queries to stdout


a commandline tool to run mongo queries to stdout


npm install -g monget


$ node monget --conn <connection string> <mongo shell javascript command>


-c, --conn  a mongodb connection string (see
-s, --save  save the connection to a .monget file in the current directory                     [boolean]


monget --conn mongodb://localhost/myDB "db.users.findOne()" > user.json

monget requires a mongodb connection string. From the mongo docs:




If no connection string is passed in the --conn argument, monget will check for a connection string in a file called .monget. You can call monget with the --save flag to save the connection string argument to the .monget file for convenience.

Shell-friendly syntax!

The things you're going to want to do in the mongoshell are run one-liner queries. As such, we make things easier for you:

  • Automatically prefix commands with db.
  • Automatically append () if you don't explicitly invoke a method
  • Automatically call .shellPrint() for .find (default mongoshell interactive behavior)

This means you can either write

$ monget "db.MyCollection.findOne()"

(note the quotes necessary in Bash when using parentheses)


$ monget MyCollection.findOne

We're here to make your life easier, because we love you.


Written by Jason Denizac

Copyright 2012 Agile Diagnosis, Inc.

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