How can I run MongoDB as a Windows service?


How can I set up MongoDB so it can run as a Windows service?

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    I think if you run it with the --install command line switch, it installs it as a Windows Service.

    mongod --install

    It might be worth reading this thread first though. There seems to be some problems with relative/absolute paths when the relevant registry key gets written.

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    After trying for several hours, I finally did it.

    Make sure that you added the <MONGODB_PATH>\bin directory to the system variable PATH

    First I executed this command:

    D:\mongodb\bin>mongod --remove

    Then I executed this command after opening command prompt as administrator:

    D:\mongodb\bin>mongod --dbpath=D:\mongodb --logpath=D:\mongodb\log.txt --install

    After that right there in the command prompt execute:


    And look for MongoDB service and click start.

    NOTE: Make sure to run command prompt as administrator.

    If you don't do this, your log file ('D:\mongodb\log.txt' in the above example) will contain lines like these:

    2016-11-11T15:24:54.618-0800 I CONTROL  [main] Trying to install Windows service 'MongoDB'
    2016-11-11T15:24:54.618-0800 I CONTROL  [main] Error connecting to the Service Control Manager: Access is denied. (5)

    and if you try to start the service from a non-admin console, (i.e. net start MongoDB or Start-Service MongoDB in PowerShell), you'll get a response like this:

    System error 5 has occurred.
    Access is denied.

    or this:

    Start-Service : Service 'MongoDB (MongoDB)' cannot be started due to the following error: Cannot open MongoDB service
    on computer '.'.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Start-Service MongoDB
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : OpenError: (System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController:ServiceController) [Start-Service],
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotStartService,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.StartServiceComman

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    not only --install,

    also need --dbpath and --logpath

    and after reboot OS you need to delete "mongod.lock" manually

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    Unlike other answers this will ..


    MongoDB Install


    (1) Install MongoDB

    (2) Add bin to path

    (3) Create c:\data\db

    (4) Create c:\data\log

    (5) Create c:\data\mongod.cfg with contents ..

        destination: file
        path: c:\data\log\mongod.log
        dbPath: c:\data\db

    (6) To create service that will auto start on reboot .. RUN AS ADMIN ..

    sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.4\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"C:\data\mongod.cfg\"" DisplayName= "MongoDB" start= "auto"

    (7) Start the service .. RUN AS ADMIN ..

    net start MongoDB

    IMPORTANT: Even if this says 'The MongoDB service was started successfully' it can fail

    To double check open Control Panel > Services, ensure the status of the MongoDB service is 'Running'

    If not, check your log file at C:\data\log\mongod.log for the reason for failure and fix it

    (Do not start MongoDB via Control Panel > Services, use .. net start MongoDB)

    (8) Finally, restart your machine with MongoDB running and it will still be running on restart

    If you ever want to kill it ..

    net stop MongoDB
    sc.exe delete MongoDB

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    The below steps apply to Windows.

    Run below in an administrative cmd

    mongod --remove

    This will remove the existing MongoDB service (if any).

    mongod --dbpath "C:\data\db" --logpath "C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.4\bin\mongod.log" --install --serviceName "MongoDB"

    Make sure that C:\data\db folder exists

    Open services with:


    Find MongoDB -> Right click -> Start

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    You can use the command below for running mongodb as a windows service

    "C:\mongodb\bin\mongod" --bind_ip  yourIPadress  --logpath  "C:\data\dbConf\mongodb.log"  --logappend  --dbpath  "C:\data\db"  --port yourPortNumber --serviceName "YourServiceName" --serviceDisplayName "YourServiceName" --install 

    If you use mongodb with default parameters, you can use these values :

    • yourIPadress : or localhost
    • yourPortNumber : 27017 (default port) or dont put --port
    • serviceDisplayName : only if you run more than one service (since mongodb 1.8)

    There's more information on this command here

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    This PowerShell Script Downloads and Installs MongoDB as Windows Service:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
    $mongoDbPath = "C:\MongoDB" 
    $mongoDbConfigPath = "$mongoDbPath\mongod.cfg"
    $url = "" 
    $zipFile = "$mongoDbPath\" 
    $unzippedFolderContent ="$mongoDbPath\mongodb-win32-x86_64-2008plus-2.4.9"
    if ((Test-Path -path $mongoDbPath) -eq $True) 
      write-host "Seems you already installed MongoDB"
    md $mongoDbPath 
    md "$mongoDbPath\log" 
    md "$mongoDbPath\data" 
    md "$mongoDbPath\data\db"
    [System.IO.File]::AppendAllText("$mongoDbConfigPath", "dbpath=C:\MongoDB\data\db`r`n")
    [System.IO.File]::AppendAllText("$mongoDbConfigPath", "logpath=C:\MongoDB\log\mongo.log`r`n")
    [System.IO.File]::AppendAllText("$mongoDbConfigPath", "smallfiles=true`r`n")
    [System.IO.File]::AppendAllText("$mongoDbConfigPath", "noprealloc=true`r`n")
    $webClient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient 
    $shellApp = New-Object -com shell.application 
    $destination = $shellApp.namespace($mongoDbPath) 
    Copy-Item "$unzippedFolderContent\*" $mongoDbPath -recurse
    Remove-Item $unzippedFolderContent -recurse -force 
    Remove-Item $zipFile -recurse -force
    & $mongoDBPath\bin\mongod.exe --config $mongoDbConfigPath --install
    & net start mongodb

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    I tried all answers and then did it the way describes it.

    Use a config file...

    "C:\mongodb\bin\mongod.exe" --config "C:\mongodb\mongod.cfg" --install

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    This was the only thing that worked for me. As everything had to be an absolute path:

    C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.2\bin>mongod --install --dbpath=c:/data/db --logpath=c:/data/logs/log.txt

    I also had to run it from admin cmd

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    The recommended way mongod --install results in error:

    2015-12-03T18:18:28.896+0100 I CONTROL  --install has to be used with a log file for server output

    After having installed mongodb in C:\mongodb you need to simply add the logpath:

    mongod --install --logpath C:\mongodb\logs\mongo.log

    The path to the logfile must exist and it must be an absolute Windows path. Then you start the MongoDB service by typing:

    net start MongoDB

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    Consider using

    mongod --install --rest --master

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    Working on Mongo DB: 3.6

    (1) Install MongoDB

    (2) Add bin to environment path variable

    (3) Create c:\data\db

    (4) Create c:\data\mongod.log

    (5) Run below Command on bin folder

    .\mongod.exe --install --logpath c:\data\mongod.log --logappend --bind_ip 12 --dbpath c:\data\db

    (6) To start mongo db as service

    net start MongoDB

    (7) Finally run mongo in command line to check mongo shell is open or not.

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    1) echo logpath=F:\mongodb\log\mongo.log > F:\mongodb\mongod.cfg
    2) dbpath=F:\mongodb\data\db [add this to the next line in mongod.cfg]
    C:\>F:\mongodb\bin\mongod.exe –config F:\mongodb\mongod.cfg –install


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    This is what worked for me:

    sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "d:\MongoDB\bin\mongod.exe --service --config=d:\MongoDB\bin\mongod.config" displayname= "MongoDB 2.6 Standard" start= "auto"

    escaping the binPath was failing for me as described in the Mongo documentation


    sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\mongod.cfg\"" DisplayName= "MongoDB 2.6 Standard" start= "auto"

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    The simplest way is,

    1. Create folder C:\data\db
    2. Create file C:\data\db\log.txt
    3. Open command prompt as "Run as Administrator" and make sure the mogodb bin directory path is correct and write

      C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.4\bin> mongod.exe --install mongod --dbpath="c:\data\db" --logpath="c:\data\db\log.txt" 
    4. Start mongodb service:

      net run MongoDB

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    Working on MongoDB 3.4 [Windows]

    • Create dir C:/mongodb/data
    • Create a file in C:/mongodb/mongodb.config using this configuration:

          engine: wiredTiger
          dbPath: "C:/mongodb/data"
          directoryPerDB: true
              enabled: true
          destination: file
          path: "C:/mongodb/data/mongod.log"
          logAppend: true
          timeStampFormat: iso8601-utc
          port: 27017
          wireObjectCheck : false
    • To install MongoDb as a service, run this command in powershell with admin power

      mongod --config="C:\mongodb\mongodb.config" --install --service

    • Open Services.msc and look for MongoDb, then start it

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    For version 2.4.3 (current version as of posting date), create a config file and then execute the following:

    C:\MongoDB\bin\mongod.exe --config C:\MongoDB\mongod.cfg --service

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    Currently (up to version 2.4.4), if any path (dbpath/logpath/config) contains spaces, then the service won't start, and show the error: "The service is not responding to the control function".

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    I'm on version 2.4.9 and using a config file. The service wouldn't start until I surrounded the equals sign in the config file with spaces:

    dbpath = D:\Mongo data
    logpath = C:\mongodb\logs\mongo.log 
    logappend = true

    Originally I had:


    I also discovered that when installing the service that you have to use an absolute path for the config file eg:

    c:\mongodb\bin\>mongodb.exe C:\mongodb\bin\mongod.conf --install

    Don't be tempted to put inverted commas around a dbpath with spaces. The service will appear to start when you execute net start MongoDB but it will terminate. Check the log files for confirmation that the service has really started.

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    Run "cmd.exe" as administrator and then run "sc.exe" to add a new Windows service.

    for example:

    sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "c:\program files\mongodb\server\3.2\bin\mongod.exe"

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    I found that you should pass : dbpath , config and logfile to mongod with the install flag

    example :

    mongod --dbpath=c:\data\db --config=c:\data\db\config.cfg --logpath=c:\data\db\log.txt --install 

    note : I have mongod path in my path variable .

    You can control the service with :

    net start mongodb
    net stop  mongodb 

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    These are the steps to install MongoDB as Windows Service :

    1. Create a log directory, e.g. C:\MongoDB\log

    2. Create a db directory, e.g. C:\MongoDB\db

    3. Prepare a configuration file with following lines



      Place the configuration file with name mongod.cfg in folder "C:\MongoDB\"

    4. Following command will install the Windows Service on your sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"C:\MongoDB\Server\3.4\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"C:\MongoDB\mongod.cfg\" DisplayName= "MongoDB 3.4" start= "auto"

    5. Once you run this command, you will get the [SC] CreateService SUCCESS

    6. Run following command on Command Prompt

      net start MongoDB

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    If you install MongoDB 2.6.1 or newer using the MSI download from an Administrator Command Prompt, a service definition should automatically be created for you.

    The MongoDB documentation also has a tutorial to help you Manually Create a Windows Service definition if needed.

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    This answer is for those who have already installed mongo DB using MSI installer.

    Let's say your default installed location is "C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.2\bin"

    Steps to run mongo as a window service

    1. Open command prompt as administrator
    2. Type cd C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.2\bin (check path properly, as you may have a different version installed, and not 3.2).
    3. Press enter
    4. Type net start MongoDB
    5. Press enter
    6. Press Windows + R, type services.msc and check if Mongo is running as a service.

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    mongod --config "C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.6\mongod_primary.cfg" --install --serviceName "MongoDB_Primary" --serviceDisplayName "MongoDB Primary"

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    1. check windows services

      if you have service for mongo remove it by run bellow command
      mongod --remove

    2. create mongo.cfg file with bellow content

      destination: file
      path: c:\data\log\mongod.log
      dbPath: c:\data\db

      path: where you want to store log datas
      dbPath: your database directory

    3. then run bellow command

      sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.2\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"C:\Program Files\MongoDB\Server\3.2\mongod.cfg\"" DisplayName= "MongoDB" start= "auto"

      binPath : mongodb installation directory
      config: .cfg file address
      DisplayName:Your Service Name

    4. start service

      net start MongoDB

    now every things are done . enjoy that

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    In my case, I create the mongod.cfg beside the mongd.exe with the following contents.

    # mongod.conf
    # for documentation of all options, see:
    # Where and how to store data.
      dbPath: D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\data
        enabled: true
    #  engine:
    #  mmapv1:
    #  wiredTiger:
    # where to write logging data.
      destination: file
      logAppend: true
      path:  D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\log\mongod.log
    # network interfaces
      port: 27017
    ## Enterprise-Only Options:

    Then I run either the two command to create the service.

    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>mongod --config D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin\mongod.cfg --install
    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>net stop mongodb
    The MongoDB service is stopping.
    The MongoDB service was stopped successfully.
    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>mongod --remove
    2019-04-10T09:39:29.305+0800 I CONTROL  [main] Automatically disabling TLS 1.0, to force-enable TLS 1.0 specify --sslDisabledProtocols 'none'
    2019-04-10T09:39:29.309+0800 I CONTROL  [main] Trying to remove Windows service 'MongoDB'
    2019-04-10T09:39:29.310+0800 I CONTROL  [main] Service 'MongoDB' removed
    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "\"D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin\mongod.exe\" --service --config=\"D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin\mongod.cfg\""
    [SC] CreateService SUCCESS
    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>net start mongodb
    The MongoDB service is starting..
    The MongoDB service was started successfully.

    The following are not correct, note the escaped quotes are required.

    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>sc.exe create MongoDB binPath= "D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin\mongod --config D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin\mongod.cfg"
    [SC] CreateService SUCCESS
    D:\apps\MongoDB\Server\4.0\bin>net start mongodb
    The service is not responding to the control function.
    More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2186.

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    Plz try the steps in Mongo DB: 3.6 & Windows 10

    1. mongod --remove
    2. mongod --dbpath=C:/data/db --port 27017 --logpath C:/data/log/log.txt --service
    3. mongod --dbpath=C:/data/db --port 27017 --logpath C:/data/log/log.txt --install
    4. net start MongoDB