Plugin to setup Mongodb accounts for containers deployed to Dokku
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Latest commit b3d508f Dec 6, 2016 @jeffutter committed on GitHub Merge pull request #88 from derzunov/patch-2
Dokku v0.4.0 or higher installation command

This Plugin is Depreciated

There is an official mongodb plugin for dokku hosted in the dokku org: . I would recommend new users look there first. I will still maintain issues and pull requests here, but encourage users to consider migrating to the official plugin as it will get better support.

MongoDB plugin for Dokku


Plugin to setup Mongodb accounts for containers deployed to Dokku


Dokku version v0.3.16 or greater.

Installation ( Dokku v0.3.x )

git clone /var/lib/dokku/plugins/mongodb
dokku plugins-install

Installation ( Dokku v0.4.0 or higher )

dokku plugin:install


$ dokku help
    mongodb:console                                 Launch an admin mongodb console
    mongodb:create <app> <database>                 Create a Mongo database and optional params for app
    mongodb:delete <app> <database>                 Delete specified Mongo database
    mongodb:dump <database> [-tar]                  Creates a binary export of the contents of database (-tar tarball dump)
    mongodb:link <app> <database>                   Set ENV variables for app if database exists
    mongodb:list                                    List all databases
    mongodb:logs                                    Show logs from MongoDB program
    mongodb:restore <database> <file-or dirname>    Restores the state of a database of a database exported with mongodb:dump
    mongodb:start                                   Start the MongoDB docker container if it isn't running
    mongodb:status                                  Shows status of MongoDB
    mongodb:stop                                    Stop the MongoDB docker container

Simple usage

You need to have app running with the same name!

Create a new DB:

$ dokku mongodb:create foo            # Server side
$ ssh dokku@server mongodb:create foo # Client side

        "_id" : ObjectId("524c90dc45addf0edad783a2"),
        "user" : "foo",
        "readOnly" : false,
        "pwd" : "825ec0deacccb3c6bb621d84153e5877"

Now if you push your app again, you will have the following ENV variables:


These can be found using:

dokku config appname


The Mongo DB data is stored outside the container on the host at $DOKKU_ROOT/.mongodb/data. Inside the container, this location is bound to /tmp/mongo and will be there. Since the data is stored outside the container, it will persistent through container restarts, and also be available to future revisions of your container.

Backing up a database

mongodb:dump creates a backup of a whole database. The result can be optionally compressed in a gzipped tarball (tar.gz) by adding the -tar parameter after the database name. The dump is placed in the current directory and named <databasename>-<date and time>.
Example: dokku mongodb:dump api-production -tar

Restoring a database

mongodb:restore can be used to restore dump created with mongodb:dump (or mongodump which it uses internally). It can be used with a gzipped dump.
Example: dokku mongodb:restore api-production /path/to/dump/api-production-2015-03-09-16h54-43s.tar.gz

It can also be used with a database dumped to a folder (mongodb:dump without the -tarargument)
Example: dokku mongodb:restore api-production /path/to/dump/api-production-2015-03-09-16h54-43s/api-production/

This will drop the database and re-create it completely from the dump.