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A Mongo Driver for GLib
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Mongo-GLib is a library written in C to communicate with the MongoDB database in an asynchronous fashion. Even though the library is written in C, it can be used from higher level libraries such as Python and JavaScript through the use of GObject Introspection.

The library supports both being a client and a server of the MongoDB wire protocol. The MongoConnection structure works a lot like the connection objects used in other MongoDB drivers, except asynchronously. You provide a callback for most operations that will be executed upon completion of the operation. Using MongoServer, you can implement the server side of the MongoDB protocol allowing you to do interesting things like storing data in systems other than MongoDB such as Redis.

What it supports

  • BSON
    • Support for most BSON types.
    • Iteration of BSON documents including recursion without allocations.
  • Connection
    • Client support for MongoDB protocol.
    • Don't worry about connecting, it happens automatically and asynchronously without any intervention.
    • Support to auto-reconnect to a new master.
    • Support for execution commmands.
    • Automatically performs a getlasterr command to check status on operations that modify the database.
  • Server
    • Implement your own MongoDB server.
    • Handle requests as they come in, query external systems and provide a reply asynchronously.

What it doesn't support

  • GridFS (patches welcome).
  • Sort support on queries.
  • Index creation.
  • Probably more ...


  • glib2-devel
  • libunistring


  • gnome-common (if building from git)
  • gtk-doc (for api documentation)


Implementing a Server in JavaScript

// Requires mongo-glib from master and gobject-introspection. Run with gjs.

let Mongo =;
let MainLoop = imports.mainloop;
let Server = new Mongo.Server();

// Listen on 27017.
Server.add_inet_port(27017, null, null);

// Handle an incoming OP_QUERY
Server.connect('request-query', function(server, client, message) {
    let bson = Mongo.Bson.new_empty();
    bson.append_string("hello", "world");
    message.set_reply_bson(Mongo.ReplyFlags.NONE, bson);
    return true;

// Run the main loop."");

Implementing a Server in Python

from gi.repository import Mongo
from gi.repository import GLib

def handleRequest(server, client, message):
    bson = Mongo.Bson()
    bson.append_string("hello", "world")
    message.set_reply_bson(Mongo.ReplyFlags.NONE, bson)
    return True

Server = Mongo.Server()
Server.add_inet_port(27017, None)
Server.connect('request-query', handleRequest)

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