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Important: This module has been moved to @feathersjs/mongodb and is developed in feathersjs/feathers


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A Feathers database adapter for MongoDB using official NodeJS driver for MongoDB.

$ npm install --save mongodb feathers-mongodb

Important: feathers-mongodb implements the Feathers Common database adapter API and querying syntax.

This adapter also requires a running MongoDB database server.



Returns a new service instance initialized with the given options. Model has to be a MongoDB collection.

const MongoClient = require('mongodb').MongoClient;
const service = require('feathers-mongodb');

MongoClient.connect('mongodb://localhost:27017/feathers').then(client => {
  app.use('/messages', service({
    Model: client.db('feathers').collection('messages')
  app.use('/messages', service({ Model, id, events, paginate }));


  • Model (required) - The MongoDB collection instance
  • id (optional, default: '_id') - The name of the id field property. By design, MongoDB will always add an _id property.
  • disableObjectify (optional, default false) - This will disable the objectify of the id field if you want to use normal strings
  • events (optional) - A list of custom service events sent by this service
  • paginate (optional) - A pagination object containing a default and max page size
  • whitelist (optional) - A list of additional query parameters to allow (e..g [ '$regex', '$geoNear' ])
  • multi (optional) - Allow create with arrays and update and remove with id null to change multiple items. Can be true for all methods or an array of allowed methods (e.g. [ 'remove', 'create' ])
  • useEstimatedDocumentCount (optional, default false) - If true document counting will rely on estimatedDocumentCount instead of countDocuments


When making a service method call, params can contain an mongodb property (for example, {upsert: true}) which allows to modify the options used to run the MongoDB query.


You can utilized a MongoDB Transactions by passing a session with the params.mongodb:

import { ObjectID } from 'mongodb'

export default async app => {
  app.use('/fooBarService', {
    async create(data) {
      // assumes you have access to the mongoClient via your app state
      let session = app.mongoClient.startSession()
      try {
        await session.withTransaction(async () => {
            let fooID = new ObjectID()
            let barID = new ObjectID()
                _id: fooID,
                bar: barID,
              { mongodb: { session } },
                _id: barID
                foo: fooID
              { mongodb: { session } },
      } finally {
        await session.endSession()


Here is an example of a Feathers server with a messages endpoint that writes to the feathers database and the messages collection.

$ npm install @feathersjs/feathers @feathersjs/errors @feathersjs/express @feathersjs/socketio feathers-mongodb mongodb

In app.js:

const feathers = require('@feathersjs/feathers');
const express = require('@feathersjs/express');
const socketio = require('@feathersjs/socketio');

const MongoClient = require('mongodb').MongoClient;
const service = require('feathers-mongodb');

// Create an Express compatible Feathers application instance.
const app = express(feathers());
// Turn on JSON parser for REST services
// Turn on URL-encoded parser for REST services
app.use(express.urlencoded({extended: true}));
// Enable REST services
// Enable

// Connect to the db, create and register a Feathers service.
app.use('/messages', service({
  paginate: {
    default: 2,
    max: 4

// A basic error handler, just like Express

// Connect to your MongoDB instance(s)
    // Set the model now that we are connected
    app.service('messages').Model = client.db('feathers').collection('messages');

    // Now that we are connected, create a dummy Message
      text: 'Message created on server'
    }).then(message => console.log('Created message', message));
  }).catch(error => console.error(error));

// Start the server.
const port = 3030;

app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Feathers server listening on port ${port}`);

Run the example with node app and go to localhost:3030/messages.


Additionally to the common querying mechanism this adapter also supports MongoDB's query syntax and the update method also supports MongoDB update operators.

Important: External query values through HTTP URLs may have to be converted to the same type stored in MongoDB in a before hook otherwise no matches will be found. Websocket requests will maintain the correct format if it is supported by JSON (ObjectIDs and dates still have to be converted).

For example, an age (which is a number) a hook like this can be used:

const ObjectID = require('mongodb').ObjectID;

  before: {
    find(context) {
      const { query = {} } = context.params;

      if(query.age !== undefined) {
        query.age = parseInt(query.age, 10);

      context.params.query = query;

      return Promise.resolve(context);

Which will allows queries like /users?_id=507f1f77bcf86cd799439011&age=25.

Collation Support

This adapter includes support for collation and case insensitive indexes available in MongoDB v3.4. Collation parameters may be passed using the special collation parameter to the find(), remove() and patch() methods.

Example: Patch records with case-insensitive alphabetical ordering

The example below would patch all student records with grades of 'c' or 'C' and above (a natural language ordering). Without collations this would not be as simple, since the comparison { $gt: 'c' } would not include uppercase grades of 'C' because the code point of 'C' is less than that of 'c'.

const patch = { shouldStudyMore: true };
const query = { grade: { $gte: 'c' } };
const collation = { locale: 'en', strength: 1 };
students.patch(null, patch, { query, collation }).then( ... );

Example: Find records with a case-insensitive search

Similar to the above example, this would find students with a grade of 'c' or greater, in a case-insensitive manner.

const query = { grade: { $gte: 'c' } };
const collation = { locale: 'en', strength: 1 };
students.find({ query, collation }).then( ... );

For more information on MongoDB's collation feature, visit the collation reference page.


Copyright (c) 2019

Licensed under the MIT license.