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Latest commit ea7abe0 Dec 13, 2015 @dboissier Update

Mongo Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA version 0.7.3

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  • Important note: This release will be the last! As I announced in this blog post. I will work on nosql4idea plugin that will integrate Mongo and other Document Oriented Database such as CouchBase and Redis.


This plugin integrates MongoDB Servers with database/collections tree, Query Runner and Shell console.

Plugin Compatibility

This plugin was built with JDK 1.6 and ideaIC-14.1.5 version (Idea 13 is not supported anymore).

How to install it?

Download this plugin from your IDE (Mongo Plugin)

Configuration steps

When you open the Mongo explorer, you will see a panel:


  • To manage your Mongo servers, click on the Mongo Settings button located on the upper toolbar of the Mongo explorer Right Panel


  • You can edit your mongo shell path with a test button
  • To add a server, click on the [+] button and a dialog will appear
  • Set a label for your server, this will be more convenient to distinguish each of them in the Mongo explorer
  • Set the server info as the example in the above screenshot
  • If your access is restricted to a specific database, just type it in the corresponding field
  • Put your credentials if your server requires authentication
  • You can also specify if your connection uses SSL
  • You can let the plugin connect to the server on the IDE startup by clicking on the corresponding checkbox
  • If you want to hide some collections, you can put them in the Collections to ignore field.
  • You can click on the Test Connection button to check your server configuration


Mongo Explorer


For each server, the tree displays its databases with all of their collections.

  • To view the content of your server, just double-click on it.
  • To view the content of a collection, double-click on it and the results will be displayed in an editor tab, alongside your open files. If you double-click on another collection, a new tab will be created for it.

If you want clear a collection or database, you can do so by right clicking on it and selecting Drop collection/database. Be cautious with this operation, it should not be used in a production environment.

Mongo collection tab view

The panel shows all documents of the collections (max 300 records by default).

Collection view

You can copy the result and paste it in a text editor.

[NEW] Querying

If you want to run a find query, click on the Magnifying glass icon or use the CTRL+F shortcut.

The query panel will appear at the top.

Type your filter, projection or sort query fragment in JSON format (e.g.: { 'name': 'foo'})

Simple query view

If you want to run some aggregate queries, type your pipeline as follows:

{'$operator1': {...}},
{'$operator2': {...}}

Aggregate query view

Typing CTRL+SPACE displays a popup that allows you to select a query operator.

Additionally, you can set a row limit.

When you are done, click on the Run button (or type CTRL+ENTER shortcut) to see the query results.

Note: If you use Ultimate Edition, JSON syntax highlighting is enabled.

Document editing

Any document can be edited by double-clicking on the object id (or by right-clicking). A panel will open at the bottom.

Document edition

You can edit the value either by double-clicking or by typing F2. You can delete a key by right-clicking on it and select Delete this

  • Click on the save button to send the modification to the mongo server
  • Click on the delete button to delete it You can add a key or value (depending on the structure of your document) by right-clicking on it and select Add a Key (or Add a Value). A dialog will appear.

Document edition

Set the key name, type and value and then validate your form.

You can also edit a document from scratch by right-clicking in the result view and select Add (or by typing ALT+INSERT shortcut)

Mongo shell integration

If you set the mongo client path (e.g., /usr/bin/mongo), you can run the console by selecting a database under your mongo server node and click on the button Mongo Shell on the toolbar of the Mongo explorer.


Run a file

If you need to run a JavaScript file on your mongo server, just type CTRL+SHIFT+F10 (or right-clik in your file and select Run myscript.js file)

Document edition

Select your server and your database then click on the run button.


I would like to thank:

  • MongoDB team
  • Mongo Java Driver team
  • Jetbrains Team for the great sources of IntelliJ Community Edition which help me to improve this plugin
  • Mark James author of the famfamfam web site who provides beautiful icons.
  • Jean Baptiste Potonnier for the suggestion to create this plugin
  • piddubnyi for adding drop database action
  • Neko team, my first beta testers ;)
  • All users of this plugin who sent me valuable suggestions.
  • My wife and my daughters who support me to have fun in software development and also remind me my husband/father duty ;).


The plugin does not work. I have ClassNotFoundDefException

Some bugs were reported when installing the SNAPSHOT version of the plugin. Mainly some ClassNotFoundDefException. This could happen whenever you have a previous version of the plugin already installed in the IDE. To fix it, the steps should be as follow:

  • Locate the IDE working directory. For WebStorm, it is .WebStorm and for Intellij, it is .IntelliJIdea
  • In it, remove the snapshot and the stable versions from <working_dir>/config/plugins
  • Download again the right version for your target IDE
  • Deflate the archive in the same folder
  • You should have one instance of the plugin: <working_dir>/config/plugins/mongo4idea-0.X.Y-SNAPSHOT

Restart your IDE and it should be ok :).

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