MongoDB Insert Query

by Didin J., updated on Jul 28, 2017 MongoDB Insert Query

How to create insert query similar with SQL syntax to insert data in database table.

Hi All,

Today I will show you basic usages of mongodb. First we start with opening mongo console using this command:

$ mongo

If your server have started correctly there's no error show in terminal/console and you will enter mongodb console like this:

MongoDB shell version: 3.2.11
connecting to: test
Server has startup warnings: 
2016-12-05T07:17:23.208+0700 I CONTROL  [initandlisten] 
2016-12-05T07:17:23.208+0700 I CONTROL  [initandlisten] ** WARNING: soft rlimits too low. Number of files is 256, should be at least 1000


1. Show Existing Databases

Use below command to show existing databases in your mongodb server.

> show dbs

There's should be showed a listing of existing databases like this:

> show dbs
djamblog     0.078GB
local        0.078GB
zips         0.078GB

2. Insert data to collections

To start and create new database, type this command:

> use exampledb

Now you can create and insert collections using this command:

>{citiName:"Jakarta",provName:"DKI Jakarta"})

If insert successful, you can see message below insert command like this:

WriteResult({ "nInserted" : 1 })

Let me explain a little. There are 3 words of insert command separated by dot, they are:

  • db: must included in every query
  • city: collections name
  • insert: query command/syntax

3. Check Collections and Data

To check newly created collections, just type this command:

> show collections

It will show collections, include system collections like this:


Query for show data in collections is like this:


It will return some document in collections like this:

{ "_id" : ObjectId("584a13d5b65761be678d4dd4"), "citiName" : "Jakarta", "provName" : "DKI Jakarta" }

As you see, result of query returns a JSON formatted data and that is one of mongodb feature is using json like document.

That its for now.