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Mongo Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA version 0.12.0

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

Plugin Compatibility

This plugin was built for IDEA 2016 and upper versions, requires JRE 1.8 and Mongo 3.

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 use the Mongo shell directly from the plugin, click on the [wrench]icon, set its path in the corresponding field. As alternative, you can use the Terminal plugin.


  • To add a server, click on the [+] icon located on the upper toolbar 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 set it in the User Database field

  • If your server requires authentication, click on the Authentication tab and then enter your credentials


  • If you need to use a SSH tunnel, click on the SSH tab and then enter the corresponding settings


When you are done, click on the Test Connection button to check the server configuration.

Additionaly, in Options tab:

  • [NEW] you can change the row limit default value
  • you can hide some collections with Collections to ignore field.
  • you can set default Mongo shell parameters


Mongo Explorer


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

  • To edit or remove the server, right-click and select the appropriate action from the server node.
  • To view the content of your server, just double-click on it.
  • To view the content of a collection, double-click on it (or type F4) 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 (shortcut is DELETE). Be cautious with this operation, it should not be used in a production environment.


  • When selecting a database or a collection, you will see the stats in the below panel
  • When selecting a collection, you can import JSON file by right-clicking and selecting Import data menu item. Select your JSON file and click on Replace all content option if needed.
  • When selecting a server, you can copy its configuration

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.

If you want to see the results in a table view instead, click on the Table icon on the right of the toolbar.

Collection view

[NEW] You can paginate the results by selecting the number of the documents per page below the results. You will be able to navigate with [<-]``and [->]` icon

Collection view


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.

Document editing

Any document can be edited by double-clicking on the object id (or by right-clicking and select Edit document). 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 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)

Document deletion

Right click on the ObjectId of the selected document and select the Delete action

[NEW] DBRef navigation

When your document has a DBRef field, you can view the referenced document by right clicking on it and select View Reference action (shortcut is CTRL+B or ⌘+B). The referenced document will be displayed in the same tab. A Back button will appear and allow you to go back to the navigation history.

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-click in your file and select Run `myscript.js file)

Document edition

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

How to build

This project is now built with Gradle with Intellij plugin. At a glance,

  • gradlew test to run all unit tests
  • gradlew runIde to run Intellij
  • gradlew buildPlugin to build a distribution of the plugin


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 copy server action and search in explorer action
  • 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 ;).
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