For every MongoDB user, it’s essential to understand the structure of the database. In this article, we will explore different ways to achieve this efficiently.
Using the shell to show collections in MongoDB
Connect to MongoDB
To begin, make sure you have MongoDB installed on your system. Open your terminal or command prompt and enter the MongoDB shell by typing the command
List MongoDB databases
Once you’re connected to the MongoDB server, you can retrieve the list of databases by using the
show dbs command. Simply type
show dbs in the MongoDB shell, and it will display a list of all the available databases.
show dbs command will present you with a list of databases, however, it’s important to note that this list may include some databases that are internal to MongoDB and not directly accessible for data storage.
Switching to a database
To switch to a database named “mydatabase”, enter use mydatabase. This will enable you to perform operations within that database.
Retrieving collections using the show collections command
Once you have switched to a specific database, you can retrieve the list of collections within it. Use the
show collections command to show the collections that exists in the currently selected database.
Using Moon Modeler to show collections in MongoDB and better understand the structure
Another option is to display all collections of the selected database using a data modeling tool that can create a diagram of the database structure.
The advantage is greater clarity, the ability to search, view details, view validation scripts etc.
Creating a MongoDB diagram in Moon Modeler is easy. Just create a database connection:
and then click on Connect and load existing structure.
Learn more about visualization of existing MongoDB databases.
Listing databases and showing collections in MongoDB is a fundamental task for any user or developer working with MongoDB. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can quickly retrieve a list of databases, switch to a specific database, and access its collections. Understanding the structure of your MongoDB environment will help you navigate and work effectively with your database structures or data models, especially when you use a data modeling tool like Moon Modeler.