A tool to populate a mongo db from json files


A tool to quickly populate your mongo db from a set of .json files. The concept is very similar to Ruby on Rails idea of seeding a database. This allows a new developer to pull down the source code for a project (which contains .json files to populate their mongodb with) and run a command and bingo!! database populated and ready to rock.

  • Run $ npm install -g node-mongo-seeds
  • Run $ seed-setup from the root of your project to generate a seed.json file
  • Replace "localhost/LOCAL_DB_NAME" with the path to your mongodb in your brand new seed.json file
  • Create a /seeds folder in your project root and put .json files in there. The name of the file is going to be the collection name in mongo and the contents of the file will be populated into that mongo collection.
  • Run $ seed to seed your mongodb with all your data from your /seeds folder.

Note: Every time you run $ seed it will blow away all the data in your collections and re-populate them with whatever is in your /seeds directory.

You can have separate databases for each NODE_ENV that you are using. Just a put a line in seed.json for each NODE_ENV that you are going to use. It defaults to "undefined", "dev", and "prod" but can be changed to whatever.


  1. Clone project and run npm install -g ./ from project root
  2. Add feature(s)
  3. Add tests for it
  4. Submit pull request

To run the tests, follow these instructions. Note: the process is a little odd to have to cd into ./test and do an npm install and then cd to project root

  1. From project root, $ cd ./test and $ npm install
  2. $ cd .. (Back to project root) and $ npm test