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Building MongoDB

To build MongoDB, you will need:

  • A modern C++ compiler. One of the following is required.
    • GCC 4.8.2 or newer
    • Clang 3.4 (or Apple XCode 5.1.1 Clang) or newer
    • Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or newer
  • Python 2.7
  • SCons 2.3

for the target x86, or x86-64 platform. More detailed platform instructions can be found below.

MongoDB Tools

The MongoDB command line tools (mongodump, mongorestore, mongoimport, mongoexport, etc) have been rewritten in Go and are no longer included in this repository.

The source for the tools is now available at mongodb/mongo-tools.


For detail information about building, please see the build manual

If you want to build everything (mongod, mongo, tests, etc):

$ scons all

If you only want to build the database:

$ scons

To install

$ scons --prefix=/opt/mongo install

Please note that prebuilt binaries are available on and may be the easiest way to get started.

SCons Targets

  • mongod
  • mongos
  • mongo
  • core (includes mongod, mongos, mongo)
  • all


See the windows build manual

Build requirements:

  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or newer
  • Python 2.7, ActiveState ActivePython 2.7.x Community Edition for Windows is recommended
  • SCons

Or download a prebuilt binary for Windows at


To install dependencies on Debian or Ubuntu systems:

# aptitude install scons build-essential
# aptitude install libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-system-dev libboost-thread-dev

To run tests as well, you will need PyMongo:

# aptitude install python-pymongo

Then build as usual with scons:

$ scons all


Using Homebrew:

$ brew install mongodb

Using MacPorts:

$ sudo port install mongodb


Install the following ports:

  • devel/libexecinfo
  • devel/scons
  • lang/gcc
  • lang/python

Optional Components if you want to use system libraries instead of the libraries included with MongoDB

  • archivers/snappy
  • lang/v8
  • devel/boost
  • devel/pcre


Install the following ports:

  • devel/libexecinfo
  • devel/scons
  • lang/gcc
  • lang/python

Special Build Notes

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