MongoDB is one of the most popular cloud database platforms you can use today. In fact, it has been downloaded more than 325 million times. Aside from its solid performance, those numbers can largely be attributed to the fact that it is an open-source and cross-platform tool. This means developers have more flexibility in terms of what operating system they use and how they want to modify the code for each specific need.
Developers who need a NoSQL database management platform go for MongoDB as it uses horizontal scaling which means data storage is more flexible. It’s also non-relational, so you can query and index data more efficiently. For those who mainly work on a macOS-based workstation, this can be a real boon when combined with other programming languages to quickly create and manage applications. After all, the Apple App Store has seen an increase in apps, with more than 1.6 million apps now available on iOS.
If you want to use your Macbook for a MongoDB database, you’ll be happy to know that compatibility isn’t an issue as long as you choose the right edition for your OS version. From installation to actual use, here are a few quick steps to help you maximize the platform on Mac.
How to Install MongoDB on MacOS
To install MongoDB Community Edition, you must first use Homebrew. This will be the package manager that will allow you to actually install the platform.
In the command line of your macOS Terminal, run this command: xcode-select –install
To ensure compatibility, type: brew update
Next, download the Homebrew MongoDB formula and toolkit by typing the command: brew tap mongodb/brew
Finally, run the command:
You can of course also indicate which version you are installing exactly. For example, Community Edition 6 requires you to run this command instead:
Run MongoDB on MacOS
Now that you have installed MongoDB you should be able to access the mongod server, mongos sharded cluster query router and MongoDB Shell mongosh. For this we assume that you have the latest supported release, which is Community Edition 6.
While you can also run it manually as a background process, it’s generally the better option to use the brew method to run it as a macOS service, as this will allow it to automatically set the correct ulimit values. To do this, run the command:
To verify that MongoDB is working as intended, you can run:
Now you want to connect to the Shell by running:
To quit the shell, a quick command for this is: quit()
Finally, you can stop mongod using the command:
Benefits of Using MongoDB on MacOS
There are many reasons why you should use MongoDB as a cloud database for macOS. One of its biggest draws is the flexibility it offers, not only because of its open-source code, but also because of its scalable architecture. This allows a large barrage of data to be efficiently processed, be it indexing or queries. This structure makes it easier for developers and can also be felt by end users due to a smoother app experience.
This architecture is also useful for use cases where different types of data need to be managed. Whether structured or not, you can integrate it into one collection that MongoDB stores in a JSON-like format. The database uses BSON, which makes retrieval and documentation easy. The way it stores data makes it faster to find data, while still keeping it in a text format that a human developer can actually read (despite the binary formatting).
Finally, it doesn’t hurt that the Community Edition is easy to access and free to use. The Community Edition is highly compatible with macOS using the above methods and works well with popular programming languages such as C#, C++, Java, Python, and more.
Dataversity studies show that 75 percent of databases will have migrated to the cloud by the end of 2022. This trend makes it clear that now is the best time to adopt MongoDB, especially since it works well for both new and existing databases.