Setting up a standard installation of MongoDB on OS X

These instructions are based on our specific use, but should work in general for MongoDB installations under OS X (tested up to 11.3 “Big Sur” beta 20E5210c).

Install the MongoDB binary

MongoDB is available from the download center (community version); only there one can see which version is the most recent (there does not seem to be an “latest” endpoint).

The installation itself (including download) proceeds like this:

mkdir mongodb
curl -O
tar -xvf mongodb-macos-x86_64-5.0.2.tgz -C ./mongodb --strip-components 1
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin
sudo cp mongodb/bin/* /usr/local/bin/
sudo touch /var/log/mongodb.log

The databases have to go somewhere; one example with system-wide availability would be /Library/MongoDB. The same path has to be used in the configuration below (--dbpath).

sudo mkdir -p /Library/MongoDB
sudo chmod g+w /Library/MongoDB
sudo chmod o+w /Library/MongoDB

The following installation steps are only required for first time installations.

Create a launch item

The last point is just to use a standard place for the DB files. This has to be reflected in the launch file, which in this case is saved as /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist. One has to write this as root, e.g. using

sudo nano /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist

… and paste the following content; then CTRL-O

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

Now the launch file has to be activated; it will start mongos and keep it alive.

sudo chown root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist
sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist
sudo launchctl start org.mongo.mongo
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