Launches Mongodb when OSX starts
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this code is severely outdated. use brew install mongo and follow instructions for launch options

MongoDB OSX Snow Leopard Launchctl Item

Configure MongoDB to start when Mac OSX system boots.

Mongo Installation

This guide assumes you've installed mongo using MacPorts like so:

sudo port install mongo

Mongo daemon location is assumed to be /opt/local/bin/mongod

If you download mongo directly, you need to copy all files inside the bin directory to /opt/local/bin as root. Once you do that, the rest of this guide will apply to you.

Create the DB directory and a log file

sudo mkdir -p /opt/local/var/db/mongodb
sudo mkdir -p /opt/local/var/log/
sudo touch /opt/local/var/log/mongodb.log

These locations were chosen because that is how most of the other stuff like mysql and redis gets installed.

Install/Reinstall Launchctl Item:

sudo cp org.mongo.mongod.plist /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/.
sudo chown root:wheel /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist
sudo launchctl stop org.mongo.mongod
sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist
sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist
sudo launchctl start org.mongo.mongod

Install Script

All of the above commands wrapped into an install script for convenience


This script is safe to run even if mongod is already installed


If your paths are different, you'll need to manually change both the plist file and install script

Other Info

If you would prefer to install a mac StartupItem (instead of Launchctl item) use mongodb-mac-startup

Idea for this was borrowed from an article on "Cupcake With Sprinkles" blog

Tested with Mongo 1.4.2 and Mac 10.6.3 (Snow Leopard) on 4 May 2010