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Connecting to MongoDB

To connect to a running instance of :program:`mongod`, use the :func:`~mongoengine.connect` function. The first argument is the name of the database to connect to:

from mongoengine import connect

By default, MongoEngine assumes that the :program:`mongod` instance is running on localhost on port 27017. If MongoDB is running elsewhere, you should provide the :attr:`host` and :attr:`port` arguments to :func:`~mongoengine.connect`:

connect('project1', host='', port=12345)

If the database requires authentication, :attr:`username`, :attr:`password` and :attr:`authentication_source` arguments should be provided:

connect('project1', username='webapp', password='pwd123', authentication_source='admin')

URI style connections are also supported -- just supply the URI as the :attr:`host` to :func:`~mongoengine.connect`:

connect('project1', host='mongodb://localhost/database_name')


Database, username and password from URI string overrides corresponding parameters in :func:`~mongoengine.connect`:


will establish connection to production database using admin username and qwerty password.

Replica Sets

MongoEngine supports connecting to replica sets:

from mongoengine import connect

# Regular connect
connect('dbname', replicaset='rs-name')

# MongoDB URI-style connect

Read preferences are supported through the connection or via individual queries by passing the read_preference


Multiple Databases

To use multiple databases you can use :func:`~mongoengine.connect` and provide an alias name for the connection - if no alias is provided then "default" is used.

In the background this uses :func:`~mongoengine.register_connection` to store the data and you can register all aliases up front if required.

Individual documents can also support multiple databases by providing a db_alias in their meta data. This allows :class:`~pymongo.dbref.DBRef` objects to point across databases and collections. Below is an example schema, using 3 different databases to store data:

class User(Document):
    name = StringField()

    meta = {'db_alias': 'user-db'}

class Book(Document):
    name = StringField()

    meta = {'db_alias': 'book-db'}

class AuthorBooks(Document):
    author = ReferenceField(User)
    book = ReferenceField(Book)

    meta = {'db_alias': 'users-books-db'}

Context Managers

Sometimes you may want to switch the database or collection to query against. For example, archiving older data into a separate database for performance reasons or writing functions that dynamically choose collections to write a document to.

Switch Database

The :class:`~mongoengine.context_managers.switch_db` context manager allows you to change the database alias for a given class allowing quick and easy access to the same User document across databases:

from mongoengine.context_managers import switch_db

class User(Document):
    name = StringField()

    meta = {'db_alias': 'user-db'}

with switch_db(User, 'archive-user-db') as User:
    User(name='Ross').save()  # Saves the 'archive-user-db'

Switch Collection

The :class:`~mongoengine.context_managers.switch_collection` context manager allows you to change the collection for a given class allowing quick and easy access to the same Group document across collection:

from mongoengine.context_managers import switch_collection

class Group(Document):
    name = StringField()

Group(name='test').save()  # Saves in the default db

with switch_collection(Group, 'group2000') as Group:
    Group(name='hello Group 2000 collection!').save()  # Saves in group2000 collection


Make sure any aliases have been registered with :func:`~mongoengine.register_connection` or :func:`~mongoengine.connect` before using the context manager.