This file describes requirements and procedures for developing and testing the MongoDB Perl driver from its code repository. For instructions installing from CPAN or tarball, see the INSTALL.md file instead.
While this distribution is shipped using Dist::Zilla, you do not need to install it or use it for development and testing.
mongo-perl-driver is the official client-side driver for talking to
MongoDB with Perl. It is free software released under the Apache 2.0
license and available on CPAN under the distribution name
How to Ask for Help
If you are having difficulty building the driver after reading the instructions here, please email the mongodb-user mailing list to ask for help. Please include in your email all of the following information:
- The version of the driver you are trying to build (branch or tag).
- Examples: maint-v0 branch, v0.704.2.0 tag
- The output of perl -V
- How your version of perl was built or installed.
- Examples: plenv, perlbrew, built from source
- The error you encountered. This may be compiler, Config::AutoConf, or other output.
Failure to include the relevant information will result in additional round-trip communications to ascertain the necessary details, delaying a useful response.
How to Contribute
The code for
mongo-perl-driver is hosted on GitHub at:
If you would like to contribute code, documentation, tests, or bugfixes, follow these steps:
- Fork the project on GitHub.
- Clone the fork to your local machine.
- Make your changes and push them back up to your GitHub account.
- Send a "pull request" with a brief description of your changes, and a link to a JIRA ticket if there is one.
If you are unfamiliar with GitHub, start with their excellent documentation here:
Compiler tool requirements
This module requires
make and a compiler.
For example, Debian and Ubuntu users should issue the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
Users of Red Hat based distributions (RHEL, CentOS, Amazon Linux, Oracle Linux, Fedora, etc.) should issue the following command:
$ sudo yum install make gcc
On Windows, StrawberryPerl ships with a GCC compiler.
On Mac, install XCode or just the XCode command line tools.
Installing Perl dependencies as a non-privileged user
If you do not have write permissions to your Perl's site library directory
perl -V:sitelib), then you will need to use your CPAN client or run
make install as root or with
Alternatively, you can configure a local library. See
on CPAN for more details. If you configure a local library, don't forget
to modify your
.bashrc or equivalent files.
Configuration and dependencies
You will need to install Config::AutoConf and Path::Tiny to be able to run the Makefile.PL.
$ cpan Config::AutoConf Path::Tiny
$ perl Makefile.PL
The output will highlight any missing dependencies. Install those with the
$ cpan [list of dependencies]
You may also use
cpan to install the current stable MongoDB driver with
cpan MongoDB, which should pick up most of the dependencies you will
Building and testing
Most tests will skip unless a MongoDB database is available either on the
default localhost and port or on an alternate
host:port specified by the
MONGOD environment variable:
$ export MONGOD=localhosts:31017
You can download a free, community edition of MongoDB from MongoDB Downloads.
To build and test (after configuration):
$ make $ make test